While rural areas and little towns and villages in the Alpine Space form an important part of the region`s social, economic and cultural heritage, tailor-made policy solutions to specific territorial challanges are often lacking.


CAPACities created a transferable set of innovative policies emerging from 22 pilot acitvities in respsonse to local needs and to improve the role of SLUC (Small Local Urban Centre) in the large Alpine region. The resulting tookkit provides guidelines on how to make better use of local potential based on ab innovative, place based and participatory approach.



  • Strategic plans for territorial governance and new approaches
  • Set of innovative policies for SLUC in the Alpine Space
  • GIS to monitor the attractiveness and competitiveness of cities

EU support (ERDF) of over € 1,969,000

Duration 10/2008 - 03/2011




  • Regione Lombardia - Direzione Gernerale Sistemi Verdi e Paesaggio (IT)
  • DI Herbert Liske - Ingenierukonsulent für Raumplanung und Raumordnung (AT)
  • Canton Grigioni, Ulficio per to sviluppo territoriale dei Grigiono (CH)
  • Conseil d´Architecture, d´Urbanisme et de I´Environnement de Vaucluse (FR)
  • Institut d´Urbanisme de Grenoble (FR)
  • Langhe Monferrato Roero soc cons art (IT)
  • Regione Autonoma Valle d´Aosta (IT)
  • Regione Piemonte - direzione Programmazione Strategica, Politiche Territoriali, Edfilizia - settore Pianificazione Territoriale Regionale (IT)
  • Nacionalno turditicno z druzenje (SI)
  • Znanstvenoraziskoblni center Slovenske akademije znanosti in umetnosti, Geografski institut Antona Melika (SI)

Pilot Activities



The CAPACities project aimed at definig the role of Small Local Urban Centres in the Alpine Space and at promoting actions and policies able to sustain competitiveness and attractiveness. Partners involved rural alpine areas affected by depopulation, scarce job oppotrtunities, lack of services bit with cultural, environmental and historical heritage to be preserved and exploited.

Each partner developed a recognition on market failure or local deficiencies even by using Geographical Information System (GIS).


On the basis of this analysis, partner studied solutions tailored on each og the twenty-two pilot actions implemented on the project area, which were finally collected into a Toolkit. This Toolkit named "Innovative policies for Alpine Cities" represents the main output of the Project ans consists of guidelines an innovative tools elaborated by each partner thanks to a strong collaboration with local stakeholders: a toll to monitor attractiveness an competitiveness of Alpine Space Small Local Urban Centres, training initiatives to increase local awareness on local potentialities and strategic  plans to reduce economic territorial unbalances are only some of the actions realized by the project through a participatory approach. This particitatory aproach allows partners to gain a freat local consensus on new pricesses, policies and actions to be further developed even after the project closure and which can concretely contribute to the competitiveness of the alpine area.