The European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano (EURAC) lies in the heart of the Dolomites. Created in 1992 as an independent research center, EURAC is home to researchers from all over Europe who work together on a wide range of interdisciplinary projects. Experts in law and the natural sciences, linguists and geneticists collaborate with public and private agencies towards the resolution of some central issues of our day. Together they contribute to create a future-oriented Europe.
The interdisciplinary research group ‘Mountain Tourism: Natural Resources and Management Competences’ of the Institute for Regional Development and Location Management integrates the know-how of natural scientists, economists, tourism experts, GIS-experts and geographers. Together they investigate the effect of natural resources on the socio-economic opportunities of the local population. From a regional and international perspective, researchers analyze the ability of regional value chains to generate income and create jobs. In this context research on protected areas plays a key role. Projects at various geographic levels deal with the management of protected areas, along with strategies for improving the communication between these areas and for overcoming land-use conflicts. Major research underlines new forms of participatory and community-based nature tourism and road ecology.
EURAC is the leader of WP4 “Governance in pilot areas” in greenAlps: This work package aims to identify, analyse and implement the main results of previous Alpine Space and ETC projects in the pilot areas. WP4 will also determine the transnational needs of pilot areas in relation to selected ecosystem services and ecological connectivity and will provide specific guidelines on good governance processes. The aim is to identify and valorise the use of natural resources and connectivity in the pilot areas.