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Alpine Space

Policy framework

a. Transnational cooperation programme

The Alpine Space Programme belongs to the family of the INTERREG V transnational 2014-2020 programmes and forms part of the Cohesion policy of the European Union. It is the EU transnational cooperation programme for the region of the Alps. It is financed through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), as well as through national public and private contributions from the partner states. This is the third edition of the programme.

Actions supported by the programme help to make the Alpine Space more innovative, low-carbon and better connected, and contribute to the improved governance of the region.

The four priorities for the period 2014-2020 are:

  1. Innovative Alpine Space
  2. Low Carbon Alpine Space
  3. Liveable Alpine Space
  4. Well-Governed Alpine Space

Specific aims of the programme include:

  • Boosting research, technological development and innovation;
  • Contributing to support the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors;
  • Protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency;
  • Enhancing the institutional capacity and an efficient public administration.

During this period, the programme is expected to improve:

  • The cooperation between enterprises and research institutes;
  • The potential to access and use low-carbon mobility and transport options;
  • The level of sustainable valorisation of cultural and natural heritage of the region.


The ASP (2007-2013) supported several projects on the topic which have reached such a level of maturity in the policy cycle that climate change adaptation is seen as an issue to be mainstreamed in every project and not an objective per se. Therefore the ‘Integration of climate change adaptation and risk management provision' is included as a horizontal theme within the 2014-2020 programme. In addition, climate change is expected to offer new opportunities regarding R&D capacities on climate change challenges, energy production and management and adaptation.


b. Macro-region strategies

The EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) is based on a joint initiative of Alpine states and regions to strengthen cooperation between them and to address common challenges in a more effective way. The EUSALP aims at addressing Alpine-specific challenges, such as the balancing of development and environmental protection, the enhancement of competitiveness, and the reduction of territorial disparities. The partner states and regions are currently defining the cooperation fields and an action plan is being developed.

Some areas of the Alpine region overlap with other macro-regions that may have relevant information in their strategies. These are the Danube macro-region and the Adriatic –Ionian macro-region.


c. Alpine Convention

The Alpine Convention is an international treaty between the Alpine Countries (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Slovenia and Switzerland) and the EU, for the sustainable development and protection of the Alps. The ultimate goal of the Alpine Convention is to develop the common heritage of the Alps and preserve it for future generations through transnational cooperation involving national, regional and local authorities. The scientific community, the private sector and civil society are also involved in relevant activities. The Alpine States have agreed on the need to act collectively, on a large scale and to create a model region. From 2017-2022 the Convention's priority areas are: population and culture, climate change,  biodiversity and landscape, green economy, sustainable transport and playing a leading role in EUSALP.


Assessments and projects

a. Projects funded in 2014-2020

The first call for project proposals (linked on Priority 1, 2 and 3) closed on the 25th of September 2015 and information about the approved projects are available. Information on the second call (Priority 4) will be available at the end of February 2016 with EOI submission by 8th April 2016.


b. Projects funded in 2007-2013

Adaptalp was a project funded under this programme about natural hazard management and climate change adaptation in the Alpine arc. The major findings and outcomes of the project were presented in Munich during the international AdaptAlp Final Conference on 6th July 2011. There were16 partners from six Alpine Space countries involved in the 3 year project.

CLISP   was a project focused on the challenges to spatial planning in the face of climate change. It developed climate-proof planning strategies for sustainable and resilient spatial development, a methodology for regional spatial vulnerability assessment and looked at governance and awareness raising issues. There were 13 partners and the final conference was held in Vienna in September 2011.

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