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Interreg Alpine Space Programme

The AlpLinkBioEco and CirculAlps projects

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 and CirculAlps projects aim, 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 and CirculAlps projects. 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

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 two projects under the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region

BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH is involved in two projects 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. Both projects pave the way for higher bio-based value creation in Baden-Württemberg and the Alpine region as a whole.


AlpLinkBioEco

Press release

The goal of the Interreg Alpine Space project "AlpLinkBioEco" is to establish better connections between Alpine regions and to focus more on biobased and circular value chains. BIOPRO is working to achieve this goal as part of a consortium involving 13 other European partners from France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Slovenia.


CirculAlps

Press release

The forestry industry already makes an important contribution to the bioeconomy. A project called “CirculAlps” will expand and diversify this contribution as well as promoting the circular economy in the Alpine timber sector. BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH is working with four partners from Austria, Slovenia and Italy in order to turn the CirculAlps vision into reality. The project was launched in January 2018 within the framework of EUSALP – the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region – and is supported by the Alpine Region Preparatory Action Fund (ARPAF).

Website address: https://www.bio-pro.de/en/projects/die-projekte-alplinkbioeco-und-circulalps