Approved projects for project proposals

Innovative Alpine Space

C-TEMAlp - Continuity of Traditional Enterprises in Mountain Alpine Space areas

Demographic change and the high ageing index in Alpine Space areas could compromise its attractiveness with a risk of badly transferred or closing companies. Business transfer is thus seen as a sensitive process which can, in return, help strengthen the innovation potential of established SMEs and be an opportunity for business renewal in the area.

C-TEMAlp objectives are thus twofold:

+ improve SMEs innovation, diversification and attractiveness through dedicated support services, and

+ test innovative pilot activities of transnational business transfer.

C-TEMAlp will also contribute to support the EU harmonisation process of the regulatory framework for business transfer and build a sustainable transnational network for the benefit of the Alpine Space area.


CO.N.S.E.N.SO - “COmmunity Nurse Supporting Elderly iN a changing SOciety” 

Europe`s ageing population challenges health and social services and requires cooperation in several welfare sectors. CO.N.S.E.N.SO takes the challenge by developing a care model that puts the elderly at the centre of health and social services. It builds on the pivotal role of the Family and Community Nurse (FCN). The FCN have an innovative role as key players, who shape and manage personalised services for the elderly and their families, particularly those living in isolated areas.

The model aims to allow the elderly to live at home as long as possible. Families will benefit from reduced elderly home assistance and regional authorities will see a reduction of social and health costs. 


INTESI - Integrated territorial strategies for Services of General Interest

Services of general interest (SGI) are in the competence of authorities at different levels. Up to now, authorities and the service providers tend to have a strictly sectoral approach to SGI which leads to isolated solutions, neither taking benefit of potential synergies nor optimizing the use of public money. Therefore there is a need for a better horizontal and vertical coordination of SGI and for their inclusion into integrated territorial strategies. The main objective of Intesi is to assure the delivery of SGI in the long run via integrated territorial strategies and policies.

 Low-carbon Alpine Space


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

PEACE-ALPS tackles the problems related to the implementation of Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) or any other Energy concepts already endorsed by Local Authorities (LAs) in Alpine Space Area by supporting LAs in developing concrete actions with an inter-municipal approach. This is the way to reaching its main objective: establishing low carbon and adaptation to climate change policy instruments. The addressed topics will be:

+ energy management,

+ energy refurbishment of buildings and public light,

+ local adaptation to climate change.

The outputs and experience gained will be spread out in the Alpine Space with an effective engagement campaign of new regions interested in developing the same approach, and with policy recommendation at EU level.


THE4BEES - Transnational Holistic Ecosystem 4 Better Energy Efficiency through Social innovation

THE4BEES builds on the hypothesis: Energy is consumed by people rather than by buildings. Although most of the strategies to achieve energy efficiency in buildings focus on technical mitigation measures, to reach the ambitious goals on Low Carbon set by EU and Alpine Strategy (EUSALP), both structural and soft approaches shall be considered complementarily across the Alpine Space.

THE4BEES focuses on the behavioural changes of users in public buildings needed to achieve reduction of energy consumption. Such changes will be originated by the use of innovative ICT applications developed by a transnational ecosystem. Those applications will be used by the target groups in the demonstration sites (schools, houses, factories) to encourage behavioural changes for energy efficiency and carbon footprint reduction.


GRETA - Near-surface Geothermal Resources in the Territory of the Alpine Space

The Alpine region must tackle rising energy consumption and, accordingly, CO2 emissions reduction, related mostly to heating needs (mainly from residential and tourism sectors). The potential of renewable energy sources has been discussed in some recent studies. However, the opportunity to utilize Near-Surface Geothermal Energy (NSGE) has not yet been properly highlighted. Moreover, differences in country-specific regulations and practices currently impede a successful increase of use of this technology.

The aim of the GRETA project is to demonstrate the potential of NSGE in the Alpine Space and to foster its integration into future energy plans at different administrative levels. The outputs of the project will serve to promote and guide the implementation of shallow geothermal energy into policy instruments, e.g., the energy plans of municipalities or planning bureaus.


CESBA Alps - CESBA Alpine Space – Sustainable territories 

While sustainability assessment tools are already well-established for buildings and small urban areas, such tools do not yet exist for the built environment at the level of territories. CESBA Alps aims to improve the sustainability of the Alpine built environment through the development of the first assessment tool at territorial scale, which will be contextualized to regional specificities. Through objective criteria and key performance indicators (KPIs) addressing all dimensions of sustainability, the tool will support the sustainability assessment of a territory, the definition of objective performance targets, the decision making in planning processes and the implementation and monitoring of effective low carbon policies. The CESBA Alps project is connected with the European CESBA initiative for a new Culture of Built environment. 

 Liveable Alpine Space


SPARE - Strategic Planning for Alpine River Ecosystems – Integrating protection and development

The Alps are Europe’s water towers, providing multiple ecosystem services such as water for human consumption, agriculture, industry, tourism, energy and quality of life for residents, but also for surrounding lowlands & big metropolitan areas. Alpine rivers are the “blue backbones” of sustainable development, but only healthy rivers can provide such essential services: they are a vulnerable natural capital under pressure with the need of balancing protection and development. River governance is fragmented and diverging among and within countries: so far, knowledge transfer of good practices & policies has been weak. SPARE aims at exchanging, adapting and capitalising strategic planning and river management experiences across different spatial & governance levels. Going beyond administrative borders, the requirements of a catchment wide perspective in a transnational perspective will be tackled by the project.


AlpES - Alpine Ecosystem Services – mapping, maintenance and management

Ecosystems and their services go beyond national borders and need a transnational approach for their dynamic protection, sustainable use, management and risk prevention. As a basis for joint action, public authorities, policy makers, NGOs, researchers and economic actors – the AlpES target groups – need a common understanding of ecosystem services, comparable information on their status and support in using appropriate tools for integrating them in their fields of work. The AlpES project’s overall objective is to introduce ecosystem services as a regional/transnational environmental governance framework and train and support the AlpES target groups in understanding, valuing and managing them. 

 Well-governed Alpine Space


AlpGov - Implementing Alpine Governance Mechanisms of the European Strategy for the Alpine Region

AlpGov aims to support the effective and efficient implementation of the EUSALP strategy. The project designs and tests appropriate governance structures and mechanisms mainly at the level of the EUSALP Action Groups (AGs), but also creates synergies with the other EUSALP implementing bodies and further institutional actors in Alpine policy. The project establishes harmonised mechanisms to run the single AG including joint participation models for the civil society and a joint knowledge management. It maps institutional frameworks, actors and funding schemes for projects and actions as a basis to prepare policy decisions and to further develop policies. In order to help creating ownership and awareness of the strategy, it identifies and promotes projects and actions with high leverage effects. AlpGov will be a frontrunner in establishing overall governance structures for European Macroregional Strategies (MRS) with the help of a transnational European Territorial Cooperation programme. Thus, the work of the project can serve as a blue print for other MRS.