Valorisation of innovative bio-economical potentials along bio-based food & botanical extract value chains in the Alpine Space


AlpBioEco is an EU project co-financed through the Interreg Alpine Space Programme and by the „Federal Transnational Cooperation Programme“ of the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community. The 13 project partners from 5 Alpine countries work together for an innovative sustainable development in the Alpine space. We focus on the potential of bioeconomy in the value chains of herbal foods and essences. In four working packages, we investigate current value chains for apples, walnuts and herbs, develop new products as well as new business models which will be tested in pilot studies. AlpBioEco contributes to the framework of conditions for innovation, resulting in eco-innovative business ideas and concepts for small and medium-sized enterprises in the Alpine region.

What is AlpBioEco - aims and approach


The European Union bioeconomy strategy addresses the production of renewable biological resources and their conversion into vital products. Expanding bioeconomy, particularly in rural areas, represents a major development potential. In the Alpine regions, this potential can however only be harnessed if the actors and municipalities cooperate closely and pursue shared objectives. The overall objective of AlpBioEco is to foster the sustainability of the local economy in the Alpine Space by the valorisation of innovative bioeconomical potentials. In our project we focus on bio-based food and botanical extract value chains.

By implementing and stimulating eco-innovations in practice, exemplarily the three VCs for apples, walnuts and herbs are analysed, while a cross-sectoral multi-level stakeholder approach is applied. SMEs, clusters and initiatives, administration and politics as well as academia work together. Within a validation report the approach of eco-innovation along bio-based food production value chains in Alpine regions is provided. Thus, AlpBioEco increases capacities of SMEs to jointly develop bio-based products. Through concepts of `Open Innovation´, it intensifies transnational cooperation for eco-innovations in the bio-based economy. In sum, this project contributes to a better cohesion and integrated territorial development since rural regions become connected in new bio-based value chains. Thereby high value jobs will be induced in various fields of bioeconomy. On a macro-regional level, AlpBioEco contributes to a lower disparity of the Alpine Space.

Project start: April 2018
Project closure: March 2021