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October - November 2018
Low Carbon
"Transnational cooperation helps to reduce regional disparities and increases cohesion in specific territories".

Remote, rural areas make up a large part of the Alpine Space. People living there face all kinds of difficulties, from access to healthcare and education to the lack of jobs and favourable conditions for entrepreneurship.  As a consequence, brain drain and population ageing are all the more significant. Rural communities can tackle these problems by working together, learning from each other and finally taking advantage of synergies and new technologies.

INTESI: Integrated Territorial Strategies

There are municipalities in the Slovenian Alps where 17% of the population cannot reach a doctor within 20 minutes by car. The figure rises to 44% if we consider public transport. Shops and post offices are not available everywhere and often have short working hours. Commuting in these areas is not easy, as buses are not frequent and it takes more than one hour to get to the closest train station. 3G mobile internet connections are not available in more remote areas and even the town centres lack broadband services. This situation hinders the attractiveness of these areas to live and work in. In turn, as population decreases, providing services becomes more of a challenge.


The INTESI project works to break this vicious circle. The INTESI strategy taps into potential synergies and improves efficiency thanks to the integration of different administrative levels, sectors and financial sources. Alpine communities will therefore get a chance to drop a sectoral model that is no longer sustainable and look for more viable ways to meet their service needs.

SmartVillages: Smart digital transformation

Alpine Space rural communities are deprived of highly needed jobs, good provision of services as well as a favourable climate for entrepreneurship and social innovation, which results in a brain drain. Digitalisation is a promising approach to counter this situation. However, the digital division between rural and urban areas has even increased in the last few years. A smart village approach for mountain areas could unlock the potential of local actors to make their region a more attractive place to live and work.


SmartVillages studies new ways to make mountain villages better places to live and work in through new forms of stakeholder involvement supported by the information technology. In its test areas SmartVillages brings together local governments, SMEs, public service providers, NGOs and citizens to identify the main local needs, implement pilot activities and feed the SmartVillage digital exchange platform. Eventually, all the information thus gathered will be the basis for the creation of a transnational toolbox and of a set of recommendations for policymakers.

AlpBioEco: the potential of bioeconomy

Bioeconomy has an enormous potential for green growth and it represents a major development potential, particularly in rural areas. However, this potential can only be harnessed if the Alpine regions cooperate closely and pursue shared objectives.


AlpBioEco focuses on bioeconomy in the value chains of herbal foods and essences. It also contributes to the framework conditions for innovation, resulting in eco-innovative business ideas and concepts for small and medium-sized enterprises in the Alpine region.

In sum, it makes cohesion and integrated territorial development possible, since rural regions become connected in new bio-based value chains. High value jobs are therefore induced in the agricultural sector. On a macro-regional level, AlpBioEco contributes to a lower disparity of the Alpine Space.

DuAlplus: the attractiveness of dual education

Dual education plays an important role in addressing difficulties in the transition phase from education to work, in improving the skills and in fostering entrepreneurship and innovation.

However, even well performing dual education systems face challenges in European countries and in the Alpine Space: inclusion of marginalized groups, demographic change, and innovation and adaptation to new professional realities among others.


DuALPlus brings together SMEs, educational institutions, business support organisations such as handicraft clusters and chambers of commerce, universities and design institutes and regional public authorities from six Alpine countries to address these challenges and increase the attractiveness of dual education for skilled crafts and trades in the Alpine Space. The results of the project directly benefit individuals who take up a career in the skilled crafts and trades sector as well as SMEs, tutors and master craftsmen who want to upgrade their teaching and technical skills.

Save the date for the AlpWeek Intermezzo!

The Alpine Space programme invites you to save the date for the:


AlpWeek Intermezzo

Tomorrow in the Alps

on 3-4 April 2019

in Innsbruck, Austria





Like its bigger sister, the quadrennial AlpWeek, Alpweek Intermezzo is an international event on sustainable development and related Alpine issues, jointly organised by key Alpine organisations. The 2019 edition of the event is conceived as a lunch to lunch conference which will bring the main Alpine stakeholders together to meet and exchange views on the topic “Tomorrow in the Alps”.


AlpWeek Intermezzo will start on 3 April 2019 with a political discussion (on invitation only) on relevant topics for the future of the Alpine Region. The outcomes of this exchange will be brought to the attention of the Alpine Conference (political decision body of the Alpine Convention that meets at ministerial level every two years) the next day. On 4 April, we invite you to a project showcase featuring inspiring stories on the topic “Tomorrow in the Alps”, followed by interactive market stands.



Alliance in the Alps; Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention; Interreg Alpine Space programme; Alpine town of the year association; CIPRA International; Club Arc Alpin; Österreichischer Alpenverein; ISCAR; WWF


Financial support:

Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism, Austria



More information will be available soon here.

The 2nd Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region is happening soon!

Registration for the 2nd Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) is still open! Register now to participate in the event in Innsbruck on 20-21 November 2018. According to the motto "shaping.future.together. with the next generation", experts, politicians and the (young) civil society will discuss a modern, attractive and sustainable Alpine region.


Click here to register!

MEET & MATCH Forum: proceedings and pictures available

The MEET&MATCH Forum, which took place in Salzburg on 23-24 October, was attended by more than 150 motivated project developers from all over the Alps. We would like to thank all participants for their active networking and for bringing so many new and innovative ideas. Best wishes to all applicants to the fourth call for project proposals!


Proceedings and pictures are available here.

Cooperation Alps 2020+ : proceedings and pictures available

The Cooperation Alps 2020+ event brought Alpine stakeholders together with the aim of commonly identifying main future challenges for the Alpine area as regards topics, governance and processes, as well as fostering networks and exchanges. We thank all participants for their contribution to a great event atmosphere!  


Proceedings and pictures are available here.

Links4Soils Alpine symposium - sustainable soil management
Conference on climate change: transforming a global vision into local action
2. Forum on dual education in the Alpine region and 22. congress for apprentice trainers of Tyrol
The mountain dimension of cooperation
INTERACT meeting of the thematic network on inclusive growth
Second AlpSib forum
Workshop on Ecosystem Services in International decision-making
2nd Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region
AlpES and SPARE projects joint final conference
ALBIONET2030 Workshop on "Human-Nature interactions and conflict management in mountain environment"
GaYA "Young Idea for the Alps" conference
European Regional Development Fund