Projects / HEALPS 2

project aim

Healing Alps: Tourism based on natural health resources as strategic innovation for the development of Alpine regions

project runtime: 2019 - 2022
partners: Paracelsus Medical University Salzburg/AT, ALPARC – the Network of Alpine Protected Areas/FR, National Research Council/IT, Scientific Research Centre Bistra Ptuj/SL, Innovation and Technology Transfer Salzburg/AT, University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur/CH, Association of the Route of Spa Towns in the Massif central area/FR, Development centre Murska Sobota/SL, Management Body of the Ossola Protected Areas/IT, MOXOFF SPA/IT, Community Network Alliance in the Alps/DE
Funding: Total funding: 2.169.952,00 EUR
Project funding AidA: 184.998,60 EUR
Topics: nature conservation and landscaping , sustainable tourism , regional value-added and local supply
Funding bodies: Project funding AidA: European Regional Development Fund (ERDF): Interreg Alpine Space Programme (85%); Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology Austria (10%), Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Germany (5%).

Project main objective

The main objective of the project is to develop a model for a sustainable exploitation of Alpine natural resources for health and tourism purposes. The implementation of the model in pilot regions will serve as test phase confirming the feasibility of the innovative approach and integrating the needs of local stakeholders. On the one hand, innovative and mathematical research will be of fundamental importance, while on the other hand, the link with the needs and fragilities of the territory will be kept thanks to the presence of local authorities, NGOs and protected areas. This will allow for an implementation approach oriented towards sustainable use and preservation of Alpine natural resources.

Project work packages

Work package 1 will build on the outcomes of the EUSALP ARPAF Project HEALPS and has as major objective of getting a deeper understanding of health tourism policy making and fostering product development identifying strategic success factors. To this purpose, the characteristics of some touristic Alpine regions will be analysed through a qualitative/quantitative approach. Afterwards, an innovative digital mathematical tool will be developed in order to produce a semantic model of Alpine health resources.

On these bases, work package 2 will focus on the setting up of an efficient quadruple regional and transnational stakeholder engagement as well as on enhancing the use of IC-Technologies in tourism development. A further objective is to develop an Alpine Health Tourism Innovation Model based on the inputs of the previous work package.

Finally, work package 3 will ensure the dissemination of the outcomes of the project through the Training Toolkit, which ensures the implementation and continuous usage of the tools developed for the development of Alpine regions.

The ultimate objective of the project is to favour the positioning of the Alpine Space as globally attractive health-promoting location.

HEALPS2 lasts from October 2019 to June 2022 and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Alpine Space programme (Total budget: 2.169.952,65€ - ERDF grant: 1.844.459,74€).

For further info: https://www.alpine-space.eu/projects/healps-2/en/home