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Interreg Alpine Space Programme

The AlpLinkBioEco Project

The bioeconomy is identified as a strategically important future sector in the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region. BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH is involved in several projects to promote bioeconomic transformation in the Alpine region that are co-financed by the EU. The AlpLinkBioEco project aimed, amongst other things, to tap into high-quality, innovative and sustainable value-added potentials in biobased production networks.

The Alpine region is a multi-faceted region that is unique in Europe. It is a historically significant settlement area that is home to almost 70 million people, a transit corridor for European traffic streams, a holiday destination for millions of people and, last but not least, a unique natural space. The Alpine region represents a microcosm of global developments. It can serve as a model for addressing climate change issues, demographic change and future energy security. Solutions to these urgent questions should not be considered in isolation. For example, the European Union’s (EU) cohesion policy seeks to find regional answers to global challenges through international cooperation.

The bioeconomy is a strategically important future sector in the Alpine region

The EU Strategy for the Alpine Region is a macro-regional strategy that funds projects such as the AlpLinkBioEco project. The strategy provides a framework which, inter alia, can also be given funding from the European Structural and Investment Funds to tackle common challenges in specific geographical areas. The strategy is targeted at regions in EU member states. Cooperation with third countries, such as Switzerland and Liechtenstein, are expressly encouraged and strengthen cooperation in the Alpine region.

The objectives of the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region are underpinned by several priorities:

         1. Economic growth and innovation
         2. Mobility and connectivity
         3. Environment and energy
         4. Cross-cutting Policy Area: GOvernance, including Institutional Capacity

In addition, the planned creation of a common policy area in the Alpine region will thematically link into these three priorities. The overarching aim is to develop joint control instruments for living together in the Alpine region.

Promoting bioeconomic transformation in the Alpine region

Baden-Württemberg and the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region (France) jointly coordinate a working group on economic development in the Alpine region. The purpose here is to open up new and higher-value added potentials for the Alpine region that derive from the special conditions in the region. The bioeconomy was identified as a strategic future sector that enables new and higher-value creation in the Alpine region, addressing the peculiarities of a unique natural space and providing a springboard for developing innovative and sustainable products and services.

BIOPRO’s project under the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region

BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH is involved in the project co-financed by the EU aimed at promoting the bioeconomic transformation of the economy and the Alpine region as a whole. The AlpLinkBioEco project aims to close gaps in existing biobased value chains and connect stakeholders across regional borders in the Alpine region. The CirculAlps project analyses the potential of a future wood-based bioeconomy in the Alpine region. The project pave the way for higher bio-based value creation in Baden-Württemberg and the Alpine region as a whole.


Press release

The European Interreg project AlpLinkBioEco comes successfully to its end in April 2021. The final conference of the project was conducted on the 31st of March 2021 and attracted over 160 participants from different parts of Europe. AlpLinkBioEco, of which BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg is a partner, has been running for three years (2018-2021) as part of the EU-Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) and was funded with 2.291.020 euros by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Press release

An analysis of the economic performance, employment and social equality of the Alpine macro-region reveals that this territory encompasses some of the best performing regions in Europe. The macro-region consists of 7 countries (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Slovenia and Switzerland) and 48 regions. In the Interreg Alpine Space project AlpLinkBioEco (2018-21), 9 regions (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Espace Mittelland, Lombardy, Slovenia, South Tyrol, Trentino and Upper Austria) have worked together to set up a methodology for creating novel value chains in the circular bio-based economy.

Website address: https://www.bio-pro.de/en/projects/Completed-projects/eu-alpine-space-project-alplinkbioeco