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Réseaux pan-alpins: L'émergence des Alpes comme cadre de l'action collective

Applicant Debarbieux Bernard
Number 114004
Funding scheme Project funding
Research institution Département de géographie et environnement Université de Genève
Institution of higher education University of Geneva - GE
Main discipline Social geography and ecology
Start/End 01.01.2007 - 31.05.2009
Approved amount 154'882.00
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Keywords (2)

Alpes-alps; sustainable development

Lay Summary (English)

Lay summary
The Alps form an entity recognized by the European Union, within the framework of its regional (within the area called "Alpine Space") and environmental policies (as a natural region in the framework of the Habitats Directive). They are also recognized as a whole by the States concerned, since they signed in 1991 the international Treaty “Alpine Convention”. Thus, they profit from a recent recognition "from the top", as an entity of management, by the combination of the Community and intergovernmental policies. These initiatives have been well studied these last years.But, for some time, one also observes the multiplication of projects and initiatives aimed at bringing them into existence "from the bottom".Networks associating either municipalities, protected areas or tourist resorts and sometimes associations, were constituted these last years to link actors from various countries to work for a common objective. These various initiatives have not been studied for the moment.This research project proposes :- to identify these pan-alpine networks,- to determine how they contribute to the configuration of the Alps not only as a management entity, but as a space of political action,- to study in which way they call upon identities linked to places or alpine territories and, finally,- to find if these emerging forms of mobilisation, peculiar in the European context, who all focus on the Alps as a whole, have similarities or not with the movement called « bioregionalist » which, in North America, tend to reshape the geographical frames of political action.
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