Topic of the YPAC 2013:

My alpine town of the future

Youth demand sustainable development of towns in keeping with the Alpine Convention

1. Consumer behaviour

The consumption of products and services has social, cultural and ecological implications. The intention of sustainable consumption is to avoid these problems. Consumption is an expression of social developments and individual behaviour. Children, young people and the elderly thus consume different things in different ways.
What then must a city do to serve as a model for others as a service provider, investor and consumer? What must a city offer its citizens so that they become sustainable consumers?

2. Living and working

Some two thirds of the people living in the Alps today reside in cities or conurbations. Cities are places to live and work and also offer rural areas services such as education, medical care and culture. Cities interact with their surroundings, with dynamic suburbs, nearby dormitory villages and remote side valleys from which people tend to migrate.
Which services and infrastructure are required for a good quality of life in a city? What can a city do to make the life of its inhabitants attractive while simultaneously protecting resources? How can a city create jobs and services for residents and the surrounding areas that are socially, ecologically and economically sustainable? What must a city do to ensure a fair relationship with its surroundings?

3. Tourism and leisure

The Alps are one of the world’s largest tourist areas: Each year some 120 million people visit the Alps and there are approximately 6.6 million tourist beds. For around half the municipalities, such as the cities of Chamonix, Annecy, Bozen/Bolzano, Innsbruck and Lugano, tourism is an important economic factor. Alpine cities create offers for tourists and work together with tourist localities (e.g. ski resorts). They also provide their own citizens with the infrastructure and resources for leisure activities.
What can a city do to create a sustainable leisure offer? What would the tourism concept of a city look like in order to preserve the beauty of the Alps and offer people a livelihood? What must a city offer young people so that they can also use their spare time sustainably?

4. Mobility

Traffic is one of the most important drivers of climate change: it is the cause of around one third of all greenhouse gases. The proportion of journeys made by car in the Alps is higher than the European average. Mobility very strongly affects our lifestyle habits. There are three forms of traffic in cities: commuter traffic, originating/terminating traffic (one feature of the Alpine space is that leisure activities and tourism produce a lot of traffic), as well as mobility within the city itself.
What must a city do in order to direct public transport, pedestrian and bicycle traffic and motorised individual forms of transport as part of a sustainable traffic policy? What sort of financial and urban planning measures, prohibitions and incentives must a city introduce so that its citizens (can) change their lifestyle habits and nevertheless remain mobile?