Opening plenary

Wednesday, 12.10., 9.30-12

Welcome and opening

Thomas Scheurer, ISCAR


Hand-over from the AlpWeek 2012 in Poschiavo

Cassiano Luminati, Polo Poschiavo


Input 1

How can the Alpine population manage the (large) transformation?

Harald Welzer, FUTURZWEI. Stiftung Zukunftsfähigkeit


Input 2

The Alps – a cultural issue. Why we need culture when talking about the Alps

Bernhard Tschofen, Universität Zürich, ISEK – Institut für Sozialanthropologie und Empirische Kulturwissenschaft

The Alps are the most culturally influenced mountains in the world. This determines not only their current state in all its contradictions but also the promise with which the Alps have always lured us. The presentation outlines alpine anthropology and discusses its apparently convincing mass appeal. Considering the current contrasting development and competing use requirements, the presenter questions the concomitant societal challenges – in the Alps themselves, but mainly for the extended Alpine Space.


Input 3

Isolated village and urban hotspot: curse or blessing?

Sandrine Percheval, Development association « l’Adrets » & Anne Lassman-Trappier, Environn’Mont Blanc

Sandrine Percheval and Anne Lassman-Trappier both live and work in the French Alps : Sandrine in a rural area with isolated villages and Anne in an urban hotspot and major centre for alpine tourism located at a transit route for international motorized traffic. They both contribute in different ways towards improving the quality of life as well as the natural environment, trying to find the right balance between underutilization and exploitation.
They will describe two very different experiences of life in the Alps with regard to housing, quality of the environment, services, mobility, agriculture and tourism. Which difficulties do the inhabitants encounter? What are the advantages in each of the two realities? What are the solutions developed by the inhabitants in order to overcome the challenges and establish the right balance between underutilization and exploitation? And what is the role of the local communities in finding adapted solutions?