Territorial perspectives in the Alps are subject to change and constantly developing. Thus, the Ammergauer Alpen Region was given Nature Park status while in the Rätikon, the idea of a nature park has been further developed.
A new nature park in Germany
In August 2017 the “Ammergauer Alpen” Region was given “Nature Park”, status, making it one of the 104 nature parks in Germany. According to the objectives set by the Deutsche Naturparke e.V. Association and the network for Europe’s natural and cultural heritage in Europe, EUROPARC, this nature park shall protect and sustainably promote the cultural landscape of the Ammergau. In order to involve interested people, the newly designated park has already launched a first set of guided tours regarding biological and geological topics.
The Rätikon Nature Park Project
The idea of a regional nature park in the Rätikon has been picked up by Prättigau/Davos regional development in order to take advantage of the opportunities for tourism in the Rätikon and create a platform for the development and provision of services. Due to its geographic location and the positive experiences regarding transnational cooperation, it is planned to create an international park by taking it over the border in the direction of Montafon/Walgau in Austria and the principality of Liechtenstein. At present a feasibility study is being carried out focusing on potentials, challenges and citizens’ acceptance in the different regions. The study will be concluded in spring 2019 and pave the way for the eventual foundation of the park.
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