CLIMALPTOUR – Climate Change and its Impact on Tourism in the Alpine Space

The project aims at dealing with the internationally recognized issue of the effects of climate change on alpine tourism, with reference to winter tourism and winter sports in some areas of the Alps and to all-season tourism in other areas.

30 months from 01/02/2009 to 01/09/2011
Funded by
  • European Territorial Cooperation - Alpine Space Programme 2007-2013

Coordinating organization
  • CMCC - Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change

CMCC Scientific Leader
CMCC Project manager

General aims

The project, coordinated by Regione Veneto, aims at dealing with the internationally recognized issue of the effects of climate change on alpine tourism, with reference to winter tourism and winter sports in some areas of the Alps (e.g. Italian Alps, French Alps, Slovene Alps, etc.) and to all-season tourism in other areas (e.g. German Alps). The issue of providing appropriate strategies to ensure a balanced development of alpine tourism, the preparation of appropriate adaptation policies at the national, regional and local level and the assessment of the economic and social effects of climate change on tourism was a central issue in several studies. Alpine tourism needs to be rethinked and both public institutions and private stakeholders have to meet the challenge of a new idea of tourism which goes beyond the traditional vision of winter sports. This project addresses the need to provide both a sound knowledge of the different aspects of the impact of climate change on alpine tourism and concrete adaptation strategies to apply in selected areas. The choice to directly and indirectly involve local actors (e.g. municipalities) was led by the intention to bring concrete outcomes on the alpine territory and to include the topic of the effect of climate change on tourism in the policy agendas.



Since  February 2009 till the end of the project, the CMCC is scientific-technical consultant of a ClimAlpTour partner: the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea – Department for Environmental Research and Development (MATTM) .

In details, the CMCC, trough its Climate Impacts and Policies. An Economic Assessment (CIP) division, works on task 7.3 Development and testing of an electronic tool to support policy making part of WP 7 Awareness raising.


Expected results

Development of an algorithm and a computer-based platform for the assessment of alternative adaptation strategies(DSS) and testing of the tool in selected pilot regions.



More particularly, the activities of CMCC in this project will follow two lines of actions.

  • The analysis of problems related to adaptation to climate change in the Alpine area will benefit from the developments of WP4 and 5 and common problems will be taken upfront. Then, the study will proceed with the formalization of the typical problems and design a tool (including algorithms, interface, and operability) to support decision-making, with testing of the prototype in pilot areas.
  • The support to the organisation of training workshops on the tool for project partners will focus on: the definition of local scenarios for climate change, the identification of evaluation criteria to choose among available strategies, the elicitation of preferences by persons or groups of actors, and on the evaluation trough multi-criteria of alternative strategies thanks to the knowledge and preferences expressed by the stakeholders involved in the project.

  • Regione Veneto
  • MATTM - Ministero dell'Ambiente e della tutela del territorio e del mare
  • EURAC Accademia Europea di Bolzano
  • Unione Nazionale Comuni Comunità Enti Montani Piemonte
  • IREALP - Istituto per l'Ecologia e l'Economia Applicate alle Aree Alpine
  • Regione Autonoma Valle d'Aosta - Assessorato Territorio Ambiente e Opere pubbliche, Direzione Ambiente
  • Regione Autonoma Valle d'Aosta, Direzione Turismo
  • WWF - World Wide Fund for Nature
  • Alpenforschungsinstitut GmbH
  • Universität Innsbruck
  • Institut de la Montagne - Universitè de Savoie
  • Hochschule München, Fakultät für Tourismus
  • Scientific Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Art, Anton Melik Geographical Institute
  • United Nations Environment Programme in Vienna
  • Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil, Forschungstelle für Freizeit, Tourismus und landschaft, Institut für Landschaft und Freiraum
  • University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland Valais, Institute of Economics & Tourism
  • University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur Institute for Tourism and Leisure Research

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