Why the Alps matter


Policy brief presented at Rio+20


The Alps are a coherent mountain region covering 190,568 km2 across eight countries, with a population of 14 million. Their central location in western Europe gives them many important roles for the continent. The Alpine economy is based on a symbiosis of diverse sectors: tourism, services, industry, electricity generation, and agriculture. The territory is highly heterogeneous and polarised, with great disparities – especially in terms of population, unemployment, economic density and GDP.


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Author Federal Office for Spatial Development ARE
Publication year 2012
Language English

Themes: BiodiversityClimate changeFood securityForestsIndigenous PeoplesWater

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