Governance strategy | Socio-Economic Development, Sustainable Tourism and Mobility
“Act so that the effects of your action are compatible
with the permanence of genuine human life on earth“
“He who walks straight rarely falls“
Leonardo da Vinci
Sustainability issues from every pore in the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Dolomites must become a workshop and model for projects and practices that must get to grips with sustainable mobility, sustainable tourism, sustainable economics, sustainable research, etc. All these issues must be fused into a single concept – sustainable development. The very nature of sustainable tourism in the Dolomites must be defined and once defined, it must grow and translate into practical action to be taken in the present and planned for in the future. It is worth remembering that both social and economic sustainability go hand in hand and it can only be achieved with the active participation of the local citizenry.
In their long history, the Dolomites have been traversed by those who live there and by many other people. Their form and location make them accessible and negotiable. There have been both positive and negative aspects to the development of the Dolomites area, starting from opening it up to traffic. These days commercial and tourist vehicle traffic, motor races and rallies, and the current craze for motorbikes and scooters, and the normal movement of local residents, is making the Dolomite valleys heavily congested. Aside from adversely affecting air quality, this traffic creates noise pollution and presents a hazard for both people and wildlife.
This Network has a working group made up of representatives from each Dolomite provincial and regional authority with responsibility in this sphere, under the aegis of the Parks Department of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano.
The group holds regular meetings to develop, in a coordinated fashion, the tools needed to manage the World Heritage Site, to prepare the material essential for an understanding of the Site, to express opinions, assess ideas for projects and come up with new initiatives, following the instructions issued by the Foundation.
The Socio-Economic Development, Sustainable Tourism and Mobility Network has commissioned a study from the Institute for Regional Development and Territorial Management of the European Academy (EURAC) in Bolzano. This study will examine tourism, in both quantitative and qualitative terms, carrying out a survey on the experience and expectations of both tourists and tourist operators in the Dolomites. The aim of this research is to outline a strategy for sustainable tourism to be shared by all the areas making up the UNESCO Wold Heritage Site.
Moreover, the Network has appointed the EURAC in Bolzano, to carry out an analysis of the traffic and its impact on the main Dolomite mountain passes. The aim of this study is to create a knowledge-base to enable the competent authorities to set out a possible strategy for managing the main Dolomite passes.