For the past year and more, Mountain Wilderness France and the association Transitions des Territoires de Montagnes (2TM) have worked to organise the General Assembly on the Transition of Mountain Tourism, which will take place on 23-24 September 2021.
The General Assembly on the Transition of Mountain Tourism will be held under the French presidency of the European Union’s Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP).
Marvel, protect, share
Mountains are amongst the last wildernesses on the planet.
For over thirty years, Mountain Wilderness has defended and advocated the specific nature, beauty, and wealth of mountain wilderness areas.
The association is acknowledged as a public-interest initiative and certified for environmental protection. It works to adapt behaviours and attitudes towards mountains through local actions in the field, publications and lobbying of politicians, associations, and economic bodies.
Mountain Wilderness is open to all mountain lovers wishing to support a human relationship with mountains based on respect of cultural heritage and nature.
The association aims to achieve this by sustaining natural balances, opposing unreasonable activities, proposing soft approaches to mountain activities, and supporting a diversified mountain economy.
2TM – Transition des Territoires de Montagne
Officially created on 26 February 2020, the association « Transitions des Territoires de Montagne » comprises representatives from all aspects of the mountain ecosystem. It has three missions:
Federate: consolidate within a single structure the multiple skills to address the environmental, social and economic issues facing a mountain territory;
Create value: through work meetings using collective intelligence methods, introducing studies, consolidating initiatives. The purpose of the association is to publish content, create bonds between the different universes of mountain region players to create knowledge and value; communicate widely to share tools and knowledge;
Support innovative pilot territories in their transition efforts. 2TM aims to reflect, act and test various forms of transition for mountain territories, notably through methodological support for volunteering territories. It seeks to support territories in their transition projects, by creating value via collective intelligence and the diversity of its members, to foster the transformation of our living habits, work habits and production methods.
ESALP is the fourth macro-regional EU strategy, after those covering the Baltic Sea, the Danube and the Adriatic & Ionian seas. It is the only strategy to involve France and the only one concerning a mountain territory.
It aims to improve understanding of the challenges facing the Alpine region as a whole and to develop solutions under a reinforced European programme of cooperation. It comprises seven National governments and 48 regions of the Alpine range, extending over 450,000 km² or 10% of the surface area of the European Union, and concerning almost 80 million inhabitants.
The EU strategy for the alpine region is based on three fundamental concepts: firstly, it is more efficient to strengthen cooperation between all territories (towns, valleys and mountains), than to focus just on mountain territories isolated from neighbouring territories; it is also more efficient to coordinate the collaboration of the various levels of public sector action together (Europe, National authorities, Regional authorities), and lastly, it is more efficient to address the challenges of the European Alpine region through a global approach and not by specific sector. Therefore, this macro-regional strategy represents a pilot governance and cooperation scheme similar to the French governance of mountain territories (National Council for Mountains and Range committees). Each year one country and/or one regional authority assumes the presidency of the strategy.
The French presidency is unusual as it is a collegial association of the Government and three regions Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, to stimulate a stronger momentum of sustainable development in the Alpine region. It took over from Italy in 2020 and was extended for 2021 due to the Covid-19 health crisis
France has undertaken to represent the full diversity of the Alps and to support the projects that will bring about immediate and long-term collective responses to the issues facing the 80 million inhabitants of the Alpine region: jobs and training, heritage and know-how, economy, mobility and accessibility to services, demographic changes, preservation of natural resources, climate change and the energy challenge.
In the course of this innovative partnership between the Government and regional authorities, France adopted the baseline « Together for a sustainable alpine region » for its presidency. The aim of the French presidency of the EUSALP is to accelerate the economic transition in the alpine region, to help combat climate change.
- Develop sustainable tourism for all seasons.
- Promote local mountain products in short-loop economy mode.
- Develop sustainable mobility and transport solutions.
- Educate young people in mountain areas and enable them to support the sustainable development of the alpine region.
- Speed up the energy transition in the alpine region.
- Preserve biodiversity and prevent natural risks.
- Make the alpine region a pilot for multilevel governance, stimulating all players and funding sources.