Biotehniški center Naklo is a Slovenian public educational institution working in the fields of food processing, (organic) agriculture, rural development, horticulture and nature conservation. The Slovenian AlpBioEco project partner has 900 students each year, mainly from rural Alpine and pre-Alpine areas. To learn more about BC Naklo read the interview with the team responsible for the AlpBioEco project.

Know you better as a project partner

  1. How many people work in your organization on the AlpBioEco project and what are their roles?

Katja Keržič is the project coordinator who takes care of the implementation of activities, meeting deadlines, coordinating the BC Naklo team, preparing financial reports…

Mihela Špelko carries out project activities such as workshops, focus group workshops, business visits. She is also a part of the regional advisory board in WP4.

Uroš Strniša coordinates our cooperation with business partners.

Nina Kaličanin works on the content part of the project and project activities.

  1. Walnuts, apples or herbs? Which team do you belong to and why?

Mihela: BC Naklo worked intensively on apple and herb business models development throughout WP2 and WP3 and in WP4 BC Naklo is cooperating with GZS exclusively herbal business model. 

  1. What are you currently doing as work for the project?

Katja: Currently, we are finishing some of the activities of WP3 that were delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In the last months, we facilitated two focus group workshops for business model apple flour and business model platform. We also carried out a business visit for business model apple and platform. We are currently working closely with Slovenian partner GZS for starting work package 4.

  1. Why did you choose to work for AlpBioEco?

Uroš: BC-Naklo is a high school and college that believes young people need to be prepared for the challenges of the future. Given that most of our students are from the Alpine region, we, as a school, need to pay special attention to these challenges in the Alpine region.

Nina: We are an eco-school with an ecological certificate, we strive to educate high school and college students in the concept of environmental protection, sustainable development and entrepreneurship. The great emphasis of our programs is to offer students enough knowledge of ecology and business to be able to succeed in the sustainable development of the Alpine Space.

You and the bioeconomy

  1. In your opinion, how can AlpBioEco help to develop bioeconomy?

Mihela: AlpBioEco offers new and innovative solutions for waste from processing in the apple, herb and walnuts value chain.

Katja: AlpBioEco provides new possibilities for sustainable development in the Alpine Space, which is integral for the economy as well as inhabitants of the area and beyond.

Uroš: AlpBioEco creates new business and job opportunities in the Alpine Space.

Nina: AlpBioEco creates links between sustainability and bioeconomy.

  1. Why do you think the bioeconomy is so important for the Alps?

Nina: natural resources have been exploited and polluted unimaginably in the past 50 years. The consequences are incredibly damaging for all ecosystems, one of those is the Alpine Space for which experts say is one of the areas that will suffer even more substantial changes. 

Uroš: With Bioeconomy in Alpine space, we have the opportunity to facilitate sustainability and create new business opportunities that will minimize negative aspects economy as a whole.

  1. If you just had to choose a symbolic word or expression representing the AlpBioEco project, which one would it be?

Katja: sustainability
Mihela: innovative
Uroš: green
Nina: essential

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Photo: © BC Naklo