Taking stock, looking ahead
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June-July 2020
Low Carbon

Half-way through the year 2020, all 33 projects of the first two calls (launched in 2015-2016) have now completed their activities. The five projects most recently closed illustrate the diversity of challenges addressed by the Interreg Alpine Space programme: DesAlps, SMART-SPACE, CaSCo, GREENCYCLE and Links4Soils tackled various issues in the fields of innovation, digital technologies, circular economy, low carbon and sustainable management. Find out more on the Output library about the significant achievements of all these projects!


This year, Interreg celebrates its 30 years and the Interreg Alpine Space programme its 20 years. What better time than now to promote the achievements of our projects running since 2014? To highlight these numerous accomplishments to improve Alpine citizens’ life and environment, we have launched at the beginning of June a  campaign highlighting our projects diversity, which help tackling current Alpine challenges! Over the next weeks and months you will learn about Alpine Space projects´ innovative, inclusive and sustainable "off-the-shelf" solutions offering opportunities for citizens, companies, and administrations of the Alpine region.  


Developing an Interreg programme 2021-2027 answering your needs and those of the other Alpine stakeholders is one of our current main priority. We therefore warmly invite you to take part in the public consultation, which is open until mid-September 2020. Your inputs will be considered while working on the finalisation of the programme this autumn.

Project achievements

You can find an overview of the project achievements in our output library!


Home is the best place to grow old, but ageing in isolated areas can be challenging.


The CoNSENSo project makes this dream come true thanks to the family and community nurses. During the project, 31 specially trained nurses attended to 4.878 seniors across the Alps. While assessing social and health needs, they organised support, boosting the resources and networks already present on the territory. This active, prevention-oriented approach has helped older people take better care of themselves, thus giving them the chance of living at home longer.

The knowledge and networks developed during the project were especially useful to some of the participating municipalities during the COVID-19 emergency, allowing them to quickly organise the delivery of food, medicines and essential goods as well as relieve the loneliness of some older people through regular phone calls.


Waste is a resource that shouldn’t be wasted.


Drawing on this assumption, 5 cities joined in the Greencycle project and tested a variety of actions aimed at developing circular economy. To cite but a few, Maribor (SI) and Trento (TN) created loops across industries to reuse waste as much as possible, while Vienne Coindreau (FR) started producing biogas from the sludge as a step toward its 2050 energy neutrality goal.

Thanks to the Greencycle toolbox and to the project transnational network, municipalities in the Alpine Space and beyond will find it easier to build their circular economy strategies.


Gentle hills covered with fields, meadows and forests are treasures for the people living in the city in many ways.


However, conflicts and development pressures may threaten the landscape and the possibility to enjoy it. The 7 cities in the LOS_DAMA! partnership (Munich - DE, Grenoble - FR, Vienna - AT, Salzburg - AT, Trento - IT, Turin - IT; Ljubljana - SI) have tested new ways to identify, manage and promote peri-urban landscapes worth of protection. Other Alpine cities can now learn from the LOS_DAMA! toolbox and guidelines how to best develop their own fringe landscape strategy.


Are youth really uninterested in local politics?


GaYa project partners believe that teenagers and young adults often just lack opportunities to have a say. So, they tested many ways to involve youth in local decision-making: Parc des Bauges (FR) has organised a festival to gather ideas for its new development plan; the town of Kranjska Gora (SI) has set up a participatory budgeting web platform; the city of Lausanne (CH) has created a youth council whose 60 members work with local policy-makers.

As municipalities often meet similar obstacles on the path to youth participation, GaYa has included in its toolbox a set of “try different” cards, each highlighting how an alternative approach can help overcome these issues.

Further highlights of closed projects




Have your say! Consultation on programming 2021-2027 open until 14 September!

The programming process of the Interreg Alpine Space programme 2021-2027 keeps up the pace, with two online meetings of the Task Force 2021+ held between May and June. The focus of discussion was on the latest version of the draft Interreg programme and the draft strategic environmental assessment.


The thematic priorities envisaged for 2021-2027 now reflect the opinions of the programme stakeholders, gathered through online national consultations run in May 2020. More than 330 invitees replied and contributed to the design of the next Interreg Alpine Space programme. You can see here the statistical results of the consultation. We would like to thank once more all participants for their valuable involvement!


Do you also want to share your view point or let us benefit from your expertise?

We invite you to take the online consultation on the draft Interreg programme and its expected environmental impacts for the next programming period.

Have your say until the 14th September 2020 here!


Conference Mountain Forests & Climate Change in the Alpine region:
Virtual Conference “Alpine Landscape Meets Culture, Cultural Heritage and Landscape for a new Alpine tourism”
European Mountain Convention (postponed in September 2021)
Conference "Climate, Risks, Energies"
Conference: “Smart villages – Key opportunities for a sustainable and resilient Alpine region”
EUSALP and the European Green Deal
Conference "Clean and decarbonized transport in the Alpine Region"
Conference: Nature sport in the era of climate change
European Regional Development Fund