New projects make the Alpine Space greener
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Issue 11: March 2017
Innovate
Low Carbon
Liveable
Well-governed

The year has started with a bang at the project front, with eleven projects kicking off their activities and the meeting of projects and EUSALP in the frame of the Action Group Forum in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. At the same time, the preparations of the third call for project proposals are already well underway, with the MEET & MATCH forum for the generation of project ideas in late March, and the publication of the terms of reference in April.

 

This newsletter puts a spotlight on the Alpine cultural and natural heritage, which is at the core of several new Alpine Space projects: seven projects financed under the “Liveable Alpine Space” priority have been launched – from preservation of ecosystems to the prevention of natural risks to the valorisation of Alpine food heritage. A selection of them is featured below.

HyMoCARES - HydroMorphological assessment and management at basin scale for the Conservation of Alpine Rivers and related Ecosystem Service

What services do natural rivers provide us? They sculpt the landscape, sustain biodiversity and human well-being, keep the water clean, mitigate floods, create beaches… HyMoCARES aims not only at raising the awareness about these ecosystem services threatened by human interventions, but also at providing operational tools to better integrate them into Alpine river management. The project activities were launched on 19-20 January in Vienna, Austria.

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AlpFoodway - a cross-disciplinary, transnational and participative approach to Alpine food cultural heritage

Food heritage is a strong source of identity for Alpine populations. It includes not only products but also productive landscapes and traditional knowledge on production techniques, consumption habits, and the transmission of ancient wisdom. On 3 February, the partners of AlpFoodWay discussed how the Alpine food intangible cultural heritage can provide opportunities for sustainable local development. The event was part of the kick-off meeting of the project, whose objective is to preserve and valorise the Alpine food heritage, from production to consumption practices. And why not one day inscribe it on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage?

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YOUrALPS - Educating Youth for the Alps: (re)connecting Youth and Mountain heritage for an inspiring future in the Alps

Reconcile young people with the Alps: the partners of YOUrALPS take up the challenge. The project was launched in Chambéry (France) on 18-19 January. It aims at raising youth awareness on the Alpine natural and cultural heritage, which has a lot to offer in terms of economic and social opportunities. Through the creation of an “Alpine school model”, young people will get a mountain-oriented education, increasing their engagement and shaping their future in the Alpine territory. 

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RockTheAlps - Harmonized ROCKfall natural risk and protection forest mapping in the ALPine Space

RockTheAlps started on 17-18 January in Innsbruck, Austria. Forests play an essential role in reducing and protecting against natural risks. RockTheAlps is working on providing the first regional zoning tool and harmonised map of rock fall risk and protection forests, so as to enhance rock fall risk prevention and sustainable forest management in the Alpine Space.

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Action Group Forum: EUSALP meets Alpine Space projects

Fostering cooperation and creating synergy: this was the objective of the Action Group Forum held on 14-16 February in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. The Action Groups are responsible for the concrete implementation of the political priorities of the EU Alpine Strategy. During the Forum, Interreg Alpine Space projects participated in the Action Group meetings as well as in a dedicated “EUSALP meets projects” session. The groups and the projects discovered potential synergies and agreed on concrete collaboration, ranging from the sharing and promotion of project results to the joint organisation of events to the activation of stakeholders. Conclusion at the end of the event: projects and Action Groups can truly benefit from each other and intensified contacts will make cooperation in the Alpine region even more effective!

 

Take a glimpse at the brochure: “Project and EUSALP” to learn more about the links between Interreg Alpine Space projects and EUSALP action groups!

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Coming soon: MEET & MATCH forum

Participants are getting ready to meet and match in Milan on 21-22 of March! Private and public institutions from all Alpine countries will network and jointly advance ideas for the third call for project proposals and solutions for the long term development of the Alpine Space. The updated programme for the event is available on the Interreg Alpine Space programme website.

 

You are unable to join on site? No worries, you can still participate live and ask your questions on Twitter with the hashtag: #MEET&MATCH. Right before the event you will find further information and the link to the live streaming on our website.

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