TranStat – Transitions to Sustainable Ski Tourism in the Alps of Tomorrow

 

TranStat project aims to promote climate change adaptation and disaster risk prevention, resilience, taking into account eco-system based approaches.

TranStat aims to provide Mountain Resorts (MR) and decision-makers with tools and a scalable methodology to support the implementation of transition paths and test solutions for winter tourism territories to adapt to climate change. TranStat follows a participative approach and will foster collaboration among transnational StakeHolders and researchers through means of establishing a physical and digital diverse network of MR in transition which will bring together key actors at the
Alpine scale.

l’adattamento ai cambiamenti climatici e la prevenzione del rischio di catastrofi, la resilienza, tenendo conto degli approcci basati sull’ecosistema. Questo progetto mira, infatti, a fornire ai Mountain Resorts (MR) e ai decision-makers gli strumenti e una metodologia scalabile per supportare l’implementazione di percorsi di transizione e soluzioni di prova per i territori del turismo invernale per adattarsi ai cambiamenti climatici. TranStat segue un approccio partecipativo e promuoverà la collaborazione tra stakeholder e ricercatori transnazionali attraverso la creazione di una rete diversificata fisica e digitale di RM in transizione che riunirà attori chiave a livello alpino.

The Covid crisis has shown the fragility of the current development model of Alpine regions that are largely dependent on winter sports tourism for employment opportunities and more generable, livable communities. However, these Mountain Resorts (MR) are now facing several challenges: first and foremost, the impacts of climate change, but also changes in tourism practices and population dynamics. In the face of unfavourable prospects for natural snow cover, MR have adapted by
developing snow production strategies. As these strategies raise questions in the long-term, some MR have, to varying degrees, implemented strategies for the diversification of the tourism supply, their economic development and quality of life. Some MR feel the need for more fundamental and transformative change and are looking for possible transition paths to reduce their long-term vulnerability. Yet, StakeHolders (SH) and territorial actors are not usually familiar with or trained in
implementing such important societal changes. Moreover, these radical changes can lead to emerging conflicts among SH which should collaborate to foster territorial resilience. This inexperience and discrete interests require the implementation of a participatory and inclusive approach and the development of a set of scalable tools which can be adapted to local situations.

The participatory dimension and the creation of a network of MR considered as Living Labs (LL) will help to share a vision on these common challenges.

University of Milan – UNIMONT will contribute in steering and coordinating the commmunication activities and will support the implementation of the living lab in Italy promoting stakeholder engagement and the co-creation process along with the Lombardy Region. Moreover, given the connection with EUSALP, UMIL will support the identification of relevant policy recommendations and provide a bridge to the EUSALP governing bodies.
The LL in Italy are two medium-sized ski resorts: Maniva ski, with a lack of snow due to its low altitude and Chiesa in Valmalenco, seeking to develop 4-season tourism which will be coordinated with Region Lombardy. UMIL will also involve other observers such as Adamello Ski and Aprica, two ski resorts close to its premises which will be involved in the dissemination of results and in the discussion generated within the TranStat project.

The Living Lab of the project

Objectives
  • The results of WP1 will, through the methodological tools developed, give the MRs a collective capacity to engage in change and build a sustainable tourism transition at their scale.
  • WP2 will contribute, through the experience of the LLs network, to raise awareness of the transition and its operational translation. WP2 will allow i) to reduce the gap between scientific knowledge and local knowledge ii) to initiate a systemic change in the MRs by adopting an eco-system based approach to better cope with the impact of climate change. WP2 will contribute to change the perception of the notion of transition towards a more positive and operational vision for MRs.
  • The results of WP3 will be that public authorities will implement and test policies and support measures to adopt transition solutions based on the elements of generalisations drawn from WP3. The WP3 will allow the findings of the Policy Framework to be adopted at various political scales and also and above all shared at the common scale of the Alpine Space. These results will increase the capacity of public actors to foresee and prepare climate change transitions.
Actions
  • Develop a practical step-by-step method, the STM, that guides and supports Mountain Resorts in their participatory transition towards desirable futures, in collaboration with stakeholders and tested in Living Labs (feedback loops with WP 2-3).
  • WP2, by combining scientific work and expertise of the LLs, aims to implement the STM to support the LLs in their transitions. Based on a multi-dimensional approach, WP2 will provide diagnoses, scenarios and strategies linked to the desired future.
  • The objective of the WP3 is to generalize and upscale results obtained in terms of methodology (WP1) and in the LLs (WP2) and to deliver them to other MRs in the Alps to support their transition process in a sustainable way.

Codice Identificativo
TranStat
Start Year
2022
End Year
2025
Partnership
Funding Body
Interreg Alpine Space
Leader
INRAE - Institut National de Recherche pour l’Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environnement (FR)
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