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Climate Change Adaptation by Spatial Planning in the Alpine Space (CLISP)

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CLISP aims at preventing, reducing and mitigating climate-change related spatial conflicts, vulnerability of spatial development and spatial structures to adverse climate change impacts, and consequential damages and costs. As climate change adaptation, including an integrated approach to adaptation and mitigation issues is still a novel field for spatial planning policy and administration, CLISP is to be regarded as a strategic pilot project. CLISP intends to contribute to sustainable, climate-proof spatial planning and territorial development in the Alpine Space by being committed to the following main objectives:

  • Developing new climate-proof planning strategies for sustainable and resilient spatial development on transnational, national and regional level.
  • Developing and applying a transferable concept and methodology of regional spatial vulnerability assessment and providing knowledge of vulnerabilities in model regions.
  • Evaluating the 'climate change fitness' of spatial planning systems (legal and institutional framework, instruments, procedures) and identifying strengths, weaknesses and enhancement options.
  • Promoting risk governance approaches to the management of climate-related risks by conducting risk communication activities in model regions and by investigating the performance of existing risk management systems.
  • Establishing a transnational expert network on spatial planning and climate change.
  • Raising awareness of policy- and decision-makers, planning authorities, stakeholders and the public for climate-related risks and the need for adaptation, stimulating implementation processes, and transferring results and experiences to the entire Alpine Space and to other regions.
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CLISP aims at building a substantial basis for climate-proof, sustainable territorial development in the Alpine Space by providing the following key outputs:

  • Knowledge base, recommendations and policy options for climate-proof spatial planning strategies on transnational, national and regional level.
  • Practice-oriented, transferable framework for assessing regional spatial vulnerability to climate change (vulnerability concept, indicators, methodologies, user guidelines, glossary of key terms, knowledge base for transfer to other regions and scales).
  • Knowledge of spatial key vulnerabilities of model regions (maps, profiles, descriptive reports).
  • Operational concept to evaluate the 'climate change fitness' of spatial planning systems' and a transferable self-evaluation tool for Alpine regions and municipalities.
  • In-depth knowledge on strengths and weaknesses of spatial planning systems regarding their climate-proofness and adaptation capacities, best practice examples and set of enhancement options.
  • Guidelines and decision support for climate-related risk communication and risk governance and supporting communication tools
  • Knowledge on strengths and weaknesses of regional risk management systems and recommendations for improving risk governance frameworks
  • Improved cooperation and knowledge exchange among planning experts and authorities.
  • Better awareness of policy- and decision-makers, authorities, stakeholders and the public on climate-related risks and higher preparedness for adaptation.

Project information


Federal Environment Agency (AT)


Federal Environment Agency (AT), Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Forest Department (AT), Regional Government of Salzburg, Department of Spatial Planning (AT), Office of the State Government of Styria, Department 16 - State Planning and Regional Development (AT), Office of the Government of Upper Austria; Department of Spatial Planning (AT), Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology, Department for Regional Planning and Development (DE), Italian Ministry for the Environment, the Land and the Sea (IT), European Academy of Bolzano (IT), Province of Alessandria (IT), Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia (SI), UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme, Interim Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention (INT), Swiss Federal Office for Spatial Development, Strategy Group Politics of Rural Areas (CH), Grisons, Office for Spatial Development (CH), Principality of Liechtenstein, Ministry of Environmental Office, Land Use Planning, Agriculture and Forestry (LI).

Source of funding

Interreg IV B Alpine Space

Published in Climate-ADAPT Jun 07 2016   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Dec 06 2022

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