Local endogenous development
and urban regeneration of small alpine towns




  • AlpCity Lead Partner
    Regional Budget Planning and Statistics
    v. Lagrange 24 - 10123 Torino (Italy)
    tel. +39 011 432 4662/5915
  • Osservatorio Città Sostenibili
    DITER - Politecnico e Università di Torino
    v. Mattioli 39 - 10125 Torino (Italy)
    tel. +39 011 564 7489

What is a "Best Practice"?

The UN-HABITAT agency defines a Best Practice as an initiative which has had a tangible effect in improving the quality of life for the population and the environment, and which must meet the following criteria:

  • to have a tangible and demonstrable impact in improving quality of life for the communities concerned;
  • to be the result of a real partnership between the public, private and civic sectors of a society;
  • to be socially, culturally, economically and environmentally sustainable.

Key Aspects of Best Practices

  • Empowerment of communities
  • Participation of local residents
  • Training and capacity-building
  • Integrated approaches
  • Simple problem-solving

As far as strategic quality control is concerned, a scheme is deemed significant if it:

  • solves the problems faced
  • can be applied elsewhere, in analogous situations
  • provides solutions to other problems from the point of view of strategic effectiveness.

As far as quality control for the practical application of the scheme is concerned, a scheme is deemed significant if it:

  • contributes to bringing about changes
  • favours the participation of all those concerned
  • complies with its theoretical premises
  • can be reproduced.

Download the AlpCity guidelines:

  1. Guide to Best Practices
  2. The main Databases of Best Practices on sustainable urban development