TT6 - Masterplan Upper Middle Rhine Valley

TT6: Capacity for territorial development by on-place based cultural values enhancement 


Risk Management: The Upper Middle Rhine Valley has been recognized in 2002 as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an outstanding organic cultural landscape, the present-day character of which is determined both by its geo-morphological and geological setting and by the human interventions, such as settlements, transport infrastructure, and the land use, that it has undergone over two thousands years. It is an outstanding example of an evolving traditional way of life and of communication in a narrow river valley. However, this form is under threat from socio-ecenomic pressures.

60 villages, municipals and counties in two Federal States are part of this World Heritage. Through six thematic workshops under the auspices of the Ministry of Economy, Climate, Energy and Regional Planning the process taken place in the year 2012: Mobility, Traffic, Noise/Economy and Energy/Community Development/Culture-Landscape, Building, History/Regional Identity/Tourism. The process ended with a future conference. All stakeholder in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley were involved (so the Uppermost Authority on Monuments). The Upper Middle Rhine World Heritage Association, a collaboration of all local and dregional actors that run the property since 2005, was also involved in all relevant topics.  

The master plan process is a very good example for an integrative approach, because the planning crossed the federal and communal borders and went for a more holistic perspective, in which all important actors and social groups were included. 

Contact Details

Name: Ingeborg Hoffstadt