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Open Access Die beste Idee, die Bayern je hatte: der Alpenplan. Raumplanung mit Weitblick

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The Alpenplan (AP) was implemented as an area-wide zoning tool for the Bavarian Alps in 1972. The AP regulates transport infrastructure and leads tourism development towards stronger sustainability. Its top-down approach is based on the rational, technocratic planning paradigm of the 1970s unlike today's governance approaches which are mostly footed on bottom-up concepts. As the empirical results show the AP prevented the Bavarian Alps from an overdevelopment of tourism infrastructure and provided important improvements for nature protection -without restricting tourism, its economic impact or recreational function. The AP today faces another problem: It is not suitable for solving issues arising from the post-Fordist recreational demand which leads to a stronger differentiation and individualization of outdoor recreation activities.

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Keywords: Alpenplan; Bavarian Alps; protected areas; spatial planning; sustainable development; tourism; zoning

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 17, 2014

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