YPAC 2016

May 10th – 13th in Bassano del Grappa/I

General topic: Green Economy in the Alps

Subtopics (allocated to four committees)

Committee 1: Living – Demographic Change, Spatial Planning, Quality of Life

Evaluation of the consequences of demographic changes in Alpine and pre-Alpine areas regarding:

  • settlement regeneration – buildings and facilities – according to eco-friendly policies
  • economic regeneration
  • social rebalancing
Committee 2: Local Business – Start-ups, Social Innovation, New Forms of Sustainable Tourism

Development of different initiatives connected to the Alpine and pre-Alpine territory in order to maximize local opportunities and reduce growth critical issues thanks to the use of clean technology.

Committee 3: Consumption – Circular Economy, Waste, Carbon Dioxide, Energy Management

Sustainable development depends on an efficient use of resources aiming at the reduction of waste and pollutants, which implies a new outlook on commercial/ industrial operations. The latter lead to  'industrial symbiosis' focusing on the use, recovery and redirection of resources moving from linear to circular economy. Youth Alpine Express and our carbon footprint.

Committee 4: Leisure & Culture – Culture as a Resource for Regional Development, Terracing, Culture of Cooperation

Cooperation between Alpine regions concerning sustainable developments and good practices. Focus on cultural features arising from landscape structuring – e.g. terraced landscapes – and on traditional jobs connected with typical features of the area. The latter should be exploited as a magnet in attracting increasing numbers of visitors. Terracing as an example of cultural heritage of land management and a resource for free time activity.


Press Release

I Giovani discutono di Sostenibilità nelle Alpi (it) (PDF)

Alpine Youths Discuss on Greening the Alps (en) (PDF)

Report of the Press Group (de) (PDF)


Press Coverage


YPAC's Flying Facts

Flying Facts – Tuesday (PDF)

Flying Facts – Wednesday (PDF)

Flying Facts – Thursday (PDF)

Review of the YPAC 2016

Day 1

Today, on May 10th 2016, the YPAC 2016 has finally started in Bassano del Grappa, Italy. It has been an intense and productive day. The delegates met in Liceo G. B. Brocchi, where they were welcomed and briefed. Platform Future informed the delegates about their work between Kamnik and Bassano. Committee work followed: The core part of YPAC started. The delegates were guided through town by Brocchi's students. In the evening the opening cerimony was held. Each delegation had the opportunity to introduce themselves to their co-workers. The first day has already gone by, but three more days of debates still await the YPAC delegates.

Day 2

The second day of the YPAC 2016, May 11th, has been a great and constructive day: In the morning delegates completed their draft resolutions in their respective committees, which were discussed with some politicians and experts in the afternoon and then read out loud in the library with the presidents and all teachers. It was an important day also from the social and political point of view: The members of the Youth Alpine Express and some politicians - Mr J. Masaro, Mayor of Belluno, together with the Councillor for Youth policies, Mr Dadeppo GAL, Mr Bertoni, Mayor of Paderno d.G., Mr Cassiano Luminati – were welcomed in the Town Hall and met the Mayor of Bassano, R. Poletto and some councillors. After dinner some time was left to finalize the committee postulations and to write speeches in favor and against.

Day 3

The long awaited moment has arrived: On Thursday, May 12th, the General Assembly took place at Teatro Remondini. Some politicians and YPAC supporters delivered their opening speeches; then each committee was called onto the stage to read out their postulations and opening speeches. After this, the debate could finally begin: Under the coordination of the presidents, each delegate could ask questions about the committee's postulations; at the end of these, speeches against and in favor could be given. In the evening, after a long and stressful but fulfilling and inspiring day, the participants were invited to a party in Villa San Giuseppe.

Day 4

The YPAC 2016 in Bassano del Grappa has come to its end. A nice and peaceful experience of Nordic Walking along the River Brenta rewarded the delegates’ hard work. Our generous sponsors gave walking poles to the students and teachers and taught them how to use them. Then they led them on a beautiful itinerary along the river, where they could admire the Old Bridge, some natural landscapes and a Palladian Villa. After the walk, the Closing Ceremony took place: A short video that summarized the work done during the week was shown and the certificates were handed out. Everyone then had lunch at Villa Ca' Erizzo and goodbyes were exchanged when the first delegations left with the hope that everyone had had a pleasant and inspiring time during the week.