New rural urban governance strategies applied to the pilot area of Allgaeu GmbH in correlation to Munich Metropolitan Region.
The lack of cooperation between political and economic sectors obstructs the rehabilitation of traditional relationships between rural and urban regions, which shape the living quality, culture and typical regional appearance of alpine territories significantly.
The Rurbance approach, funded by the Alpine Space Programme of the European Union, examines those rural-urban relations of alpine areas in six different European countries in 18 pilot projects, in order to create new governance strategies to overcome administrative boundaries and strengthen the rural-urban networks.
The Rurbance approach investigates on-going local concepts in the designated pilot areas to show the potential for improved governance strategies. This process is accompanied by workshops with stakeholders and experts to create an inclusive decision making process. The declared goal is to implement paradigmatic concepts for further projects in the alpine space to strengthen the resilience of rural urban regions and thereby revaluating the economic, social, cultural and regional heritage of the rural areas.
The territorial system for this project comprises of the Munich Metropolitan Region and the Allgaeu GmbH, the latter being the ideal pilot area, as it is affected by the vicinity to the Metropolitan Regions of Munich, Stuttgart and Zurich, as well as the Bodensee area. Therefore, the territorial system is regarded in the territorial context of the whole of Southern Germany, naturally confined by the Alps.
This project will examine the four thematic threads energy, mobility & settlement, conversion and landscape & agriculture in the pilot area in order to collect small on-going development concepts and the policies attached to them. In further steps promising concepts and policies will be identified and mapped to reveal current difficulties in decision processes, governmental structures and spatial configuration, as well as potentials for new bottom-up structures.