Presentation of the project

Presentation of the project

The Impuls4Action project aims to trigger actions to support sustainable development on all levels by providing appropriate tools, raising awareness and finding new models for sustainable soil protection in the Alps. Climate change increases the need for integrative activities and tailor-made instruments concerning the soil protection and Green Infrastructure (GI) development.

In three thematic pilot cases:

  1. Water management in Alpine soils
  2. Inner Development
  3. Peatlands

with different impact paths on soils, the project aims to collect data for Toolbox. With workshops the needs of target groups and  relevant stakeholders will be analysed and they will provide the basis for the structure of the toolbox, which is the part of the Platform of Knowledge (PoK).

Awareness raising events in the pilot areas will trigger actions in order to contain land take through inner development e.g. re-use and regeneration of settlements; to promote water management specific to Alpine soils and to create preconditions for the restoration and maintenance of multi-functional peatlands. 
The establishment of the toolbox “LESS LAND TAKE” will merge existing information, integrate results of on-going projects e.g. “Links4Soils” and create cooperation starting from awareness raising events to involvement of all stakeholders concerned. The comprehensive approach on the sustainable soil protection will based on dialogue of different stakeholders, target groups and policy makers on local and regional level and it will contribute to improve mutual understanding and harmonize interests.

Impuls4Action will increase the quality of life in the Alps for the current and future generations.

Partners Involved:

  • Slovene Chamber of Agriculture and Forestry - Institute of Agriculture and Forestry Maribor, Slovenia (coordinator);
  • Edmund Mach Foundation - Research and Innovation Centre, San Michele all'Adige, Italy;
  • Environment Agency Austria, Wien;
  • Platform Land, Bozen, Italy;
  • UNIMONT - University of Milan, Italy;
  • Foundation Pro Terra Engiadina, Zernez, Switzerland.