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Interreg Alpine Space @ AlpWeek: Alps & People - 11 - 15 October 2016 - Grassau, Germany

Interreg Alpine Space co-organised with nine other key Alpine organisations the AlpWeek - Alps & People which took place on 11-15 October 2016 in Grassau, Germany. More than 500 participants met to exchange views and find solutions to the current challenges posed to our culture, demography and quality of life in the Alps. (Alpweek website can be accessed here)

This page presents impressions on Interreg Alpine Space sessions, and interviews made with the Alpine Space projects present at the event.

Interreg Alpine Space @ AlpWeek.

The programme ran three sessions at the AlpWeek: 

+ Make the Alpine Space a better place to live! - Quiz about cooperation in the Alps

+ Model the Alps!  - Solutions for natural and cultural heritage valorisation

+ At your service! - Speed networking and world café on services of general interest

Impressions from the sessions

Interviews to the projects at the market place 

Five Interreg Alpine Space projects contributed actively to the week of events CESBA_ALPS, CO.N.S.E.N.SO, INTESI, MORECO, PEACE_Alps: here are their impressions on this experience!

 

 

CESBA Alps - CESBA Alpine Space – Sustainable territories

CESBA Alps, has started its activities in December 2015 (project website here). The project aims to improve the sustainability of the Alpine built environment through the development of an assessment tool (contextualised to regional specificities) at territorial scale.

Etienne Vienot (left on the photo) from Rhônalpénergie Environnement​, and Markus Berchtold-Domig (right on the photo) from the Association of Common European Sustainable Built Environment Assessment have been interviewed by our staff at the AlpWeek market place. 

Interreg Alpine Space: What were your expectations when applying for a stand at the AlpWeek market place? 
Markus Berchtold-Domig & Etienne Vienot: We decided to join the AlpWeek for the networking opportunity that this event could give, to promote the project CESBA Alps and raise awareness on our work. Furthermore, we wanted to learn more about, and consider possible future cooperation with other projects working on the same topics in the Alps.

Interreg Alpine Space: What was, in your opinion, and from the project point of view, particularly interesting during the AlpWeek? 
Markus Berchtold-Domig & Etienne Vienot: The different formats of  the workshop e.g. the "Model the Alps!" session, where we were asked to represent some concepts with our hands and clay were one of the most interesting aspects of the AlpWeek. Another highlight was the market place, where we had the opportunity and the time to exchange ideas with people, and to network.

Interreg Alpine Space: What do your bring back home from the AlpWeek? What concrete inputs for the CESBA Alps project did you gain this week? 
Markus Berchtold-Domig & Etienne Vienot: A collection of different hot topics for the development of CESBA Alps activities, especially from the answers collected among people visiting our stand, who were asked: “according to you, what is the most important sustainability issue for an Alpine Space territory?". 

CoNSENSo - “COmmunity Nurse Supporting Elderly iN a changing SOciety”

CoNSENSo project aims to develop a care model that puts the elderly at the centre of health and social care. (Project website here)
Alison Garnier-Rivers, from the Association for the Development of Enterprises and Competencies, project partner of CoNSENSo, has moderated the word café "Health" during Interreg Alpine Space workshop on services of general interest at AlpWeek.

Interreg Alpine Space: What were your expectations when coming at the AlpWeek?
Alison Garnier-Rivers: Alpweek is a great occasion to meet with other people and organisations that have the development of the Alps at heart. For CoNSENSo, meeting these different stakeholders is an important way to start to measure the potential impact and reach of our project.  

Interreg Alpine Space: What was, in your opinion and from the project point of view, particularly interesting during the AlpWeek?
Alison Garnier-Rivers:  Being part of the Interreg workshop on services of general interest was particularly beneficial, as we were not only clearly identified, but we also had the opportunity to explain what the CoNSENSo project is actually doing on the field to improve the daily lives of older adults. In addition, there was also a good deal of input from the workshop participants that we can integrate into the project activities.

Interreg Alpine Space: What do your bring back home from the AlpWeek? What concrete inputs for the CoNSENSo project did you gain this week?
Alison Garnier-Rivers:  All the discussions confirmed that there is both great interest and real expectations in the CoNSENSo project results. We don't want to put pressure on ourselves, but we have the feeling that we have an obligation to succeed! Let's hope that we can present to you how we have developed the concrete roll-out of the CoNSENSo care model for older adults in Alpweek 2018!

INTESI - Integrated territorial strategies for Services of General Interest

INTESI has started its activities in December 2015. The project focuses on horizontal and vertical coordination of services of general interest (SGI) to include them into integrated territorial strategies. (Project website here)
We have
 interviewed Peter Niederer from the Swiss Centre for mountain regions, Lead partner of INTESI 

(Photo: Peter Niederer from the INTESI projects meets two representatives of „Plattform Land Südtirol“ -left- at the market place)

Interreg Alpine Space: What were your expectations when applying for a stand at the AlpWeek market place? 
Peter Niederer: I came to Grassau for networking, information's exchange and to learn more on ongoing projects in the Alpine Space. 

Interreg Alpine Space: What was, in your opinion and from the project point of view, particularly interesting during the AlpWeek? 
Peter Niederer: The market place was a nice concept in order to get in touch with different projects and institutions. Furthermore there were several workshops about “services of general interest” and “welcome culture”, both subjects that are of particular importance for INTESI project.  

Interreg Alpine Space: What do your bring back home from the AlpWeek? What concrete inputs for the INTESI project did you gain this week?  
Peter Niederer: I gained the most concrete input for the INTESI project from the workshop “At your service!” organised by Interreg Alpine Space. I was involved as a moderator and I learnt a lot on how important it is to explain well the quite complex content of the project, in order to be understood and to receive relevant feedback information. 

MORECO - Mobility and residential costs

The MORECO project can be considered one of the best practices in the Alpine Space. Co-financed in the previous programming period from 2011 to 2014, it is today still successfully promoting its methodologies and tools on mobility and residential costs to local, regional and national stakeholders. (Project website here)
Walter Riedler from the Salzburger Institut für Raumordnung und Wohnen (left on the photo) and Stephan Schott from the municipality of Munich told us a bit more about MORECO's current activities.

Interreg Alpine Space: What were your expectations when applying for a stand at the AlpWeek market place? 
Walter Riedler & Stephan Schott: We expected to meet people from different disciplines, disseminate the products of MORECO, create new and fruitful contacts, exchange ideas and get new ones, in two words: broaden horizons.

Interreg Alpine Space: What was, in your opinion and from the project point of view, particularly interesting during the AlpWeek? 
Walter Riedler & Stephan Schott: The world café during session “Cultural creatives in the Alps - How do they drive social innovation and transition?” was particularly interesting and enriching for the development of new ideas and solutions.

Interreg Alpine Space: What do you bring back home from the AlpWeek? What concrete inputs for the MORECO project did you gain this week?
Walter Riedler & Stephan Schott: Many new contacts, and some good food for thoughts, e.g. from Harald Welzer. His speech during the opening plenary was inspiring. Indeed direct and close human contact should happen within and beyond institutions. People are the ones to make the changes, and consequently the input should not be only scientific but simple and clear, and specific to the topic.

Interreg Alpine Space: What happened to MORECO after its end? 
Walter Riedler & Stephan Schott: The work we started during the MORECO project activities is still on-going for the MORECO partners. Some of the products of MORECO: the comics illustrations and the colouring book, were taken over by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. The settlement calculator has been extended to the whole land of Salzburg, and the land of Upper Austria is considering to use the tools on its territory. Leately, there have been lately several exchanges, articles, and presentations to public institutions, associations of planners, schools, CIPRA and the Alpine Convention. 
The ASTUS project, submitted in Call 2 of Interreg Alpine Space [editor's note: and approved by the programme), gives us now also the possibility to further develop some of the tools and our cooperation.

PEACE_Alps - Pooling Energy ACtion plans and Enhancing their implementation in the Alps

PEACE_Alps has started its activities in December 2015. The project addresses the topic of energy management system in Alpine municipalities. (Project website here). 
Ellen Esser, from the civic foundation Energiewende Oberland, communication manager of PEACE_Alps tells us about the project participation in the AlpWeek.

Interreg Alpine Space: What were your expectations when applying for a stand at the AlpWeek market place? 
Ellen Esser: We decided to join the AlpWeek for three main reasons: raise awareness on the project's topic, and spark raise interest of specific stakeholders in the Alps in our project activities - e.g. local administrators and NGOs - that we could easily meet here at the AlpWeek. We also wanted to meet with other projects currently working in the Alpine area and identify opportunities for joint actions.

Interreg Alpine Space: What was, in your opinion and from the project point of view, particularly interesting during the AlpWeek? 
Ellen Esser:  We enjoyed the opportunity to attend some sessions that were particularly interesting and linked to our topic, as for example the one introducing the “100max” project from CIPRA, which was inspiring for its youth involvement aspect. Furthermore, the AlpWeek was a great opportunity to get in touch and better understand the point of view of small alpine villages. We also enjoyed meeting other Interreg Alpine Space projects partners, and learning what we have in common and how they are facing similar challenges.

Interreg Alpine Space: What do your bring back home from the AlpWeek? What concrete inputs for the PEACE_Alps project did you gain this week? 
Ellen Esser:  Involving visitors with our live survey on adaptation has been a good way to make our stand more interactive. At the same time, it has allowed us to bring home some data on how the energy management system topic is currently being faced in the Alps, how far municipalities are with adaptation tools and how much citizens are informed about the actions by their municipalities. The results? Most of the citizens do not seem tobe aware of what their municipalities are doing.