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March-April 2019
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Alpine Space projects lead to time-saving, innovative or improved solutions and methodologies. They improve cost-efficiency, accelerate the uptake of current best-practice approaches, and facilitate wise use of public resources in the region.


Keep reading and find out how our projects of the month create new business opportunities and  develop solutions in the fields of social innovation, Alpine architecture and cultural heritage!


C-TEMAlp: Continuity of traditional enterprises in Alpine Space mountain  areas

International business transfers can offer Alpine SMEs a chance
for business renewal. However, many of  them  lack  access  to
intermediary  services and those currently available are not as
complete as desired. C-TEMAlp  identifies  clients’  needs  and
sets  up  joint,  standardised services for sellers and buyers in
the Alpine Space. To ease the  match  between  buyers  and
sellers,  C-TEMAlp  created  an  online business transfer platform including a marketplace area, contacts  of  participating
support  organisations  and  information  about the regions, their
core sectors and investment opportunities.

SCALE(up)ALPS: Scale up your SME in Europe!

The Alpine Space is one of the areas in Europe with the best potential to grow an innovative entrepreneurship. It is however not living up to its potential and lags behind other EU hubs in terms of competitiveness. SCALE(up)ALPS supports Alpine Space start-ups in the scaling up phase, which is one of the most critical phases of the company lifecycle. The project created a network for scale-ups and advanced services such as the SCALE(up)ALPS open platform and stakeholder trainings through webinars. The ultimate aim was to make the Alpine Space an innovative hub for scale-ups that attracts start-ups and becomes more competitive.

ASIS: Towards an Alpine social innovation strategy

The Alpine Space is at forefront in terms of research and innovation, but shows limited cooperation and significant regional and social disparities. The area is also faced by a number of societal challenges such as digitalization, migration or demographic change. In this regard, social innovation (SI) helps to create a favourable climate for developing and increasing the human potential, promoting wellbeing and fostering a capacity for both technological and service innovation. As the project aims to encourage public authorities and economic agencies to integrate SI in all fields of innovation, ASIS will develop a new approach of innovation that really answers to economic and societal challenges in the Alpine region.                    

ATLAS: Advanced tools for low-carbon, high-value development of historic architecture in the Alpine Space      

Up to 60% of the buildings in rural Alpine areas can be considered “historic”. They are often located in neglected areas and provide low levels of energy efficiency and comfort. Many of them show similarities when it comes to construction materials used and climatic conditions. ATLAS aims at paving the way for the sustainable development of historic architecture. This includes capitalizing and optimizing existing best practice solutions for building refurbishment and regional development. Stakeholders of the whole value chain and decision-makers are therefore included in a network to ensure sustainability from social, ecological and cultural points of view.  

CHEERS: Securing cultural heritage                       

Cultural heritage is the ground of people´s identity and strongly contributes to Alpine economy. However, the outstanding variety of material heritage hosted by Alpine regions is sometimes threatened by natural disasters such as floods, mudslides or earthquakes. As natural hazards are part of the constraints of the Alpine territory and likely to be increased by climate change, the CHEERS project develops a proper consideration of cultural resources in risk assessment, hazard reduction, and disaster management. The Alpine Space is at forefront in terms of research and innovation, but shows limited cooperation and significant regional and social disparities.  

AlpWeek Intermezzo: The future of the Alps begins here and now

What will the Alps of tomorrow look like? This question was at the heart of discussions on April 3rd and 4th in Innsbruck, Austria. More than 100 participants debated about sustainable development at the “AlpWeek Intermezzo”, a transnational event parallel to the XVth Alpine conference.


Demands for the future

The first day of the event was dedicated to the production of political pleas addressed to the environment ministers of Alpine countries on three important matters: landscape valorisation, climate change and mobility.


INTERREG projects showcased results

The second day of the event focused on the good ideas that are already out there: current initiatives presented and discussed their results at interactive market stalls, among them the Alpine Space projects PlurAlps, GaYA and AlpES.


PlurAlps demonstrated that its social planning instrument can improve the quality of life by using immigration and social diversity as an opportunity for local development. GaYA showcased its efforts to support the political involvement of young people in their Alpine communities and to see the preoccupations of younger generations taken into account. AlpES showed the webGIS tool it developed to visualise Alpine ecosystem services.

Shaping the Future of Climate Change Adaptation in the Alpine Countries. Final conference of the Alpine Space project GoApply
EU Green Week 2019
Sustainable soil management is possible!
EUSALP - Smart Villages: A common perspective through different visions
EU Sustainable Energy Week
European Regional Development Fund