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  • Programme Thematic Objectives

    • A greener, low-carbon Europe

        RSO 2.4 Promoting climate change adaptation and disaster risk prevention and resilience, taking into account eco-system based approaches

        • Climate resilient and green Alpine region
          Promote climate change adaptation-measures focusing on the relations between the natural, economic, and societal systems in the Alpine region by the following indicative types of action:
          a) Solutions and pilots strengthening the preparedness and adaptive capacity of the society, economy and nature to cope with the impacts of climate change and establish climate services fostering the resilience of the Alpine region;
          b) Solutions and pilot actions bridging the gap between climate research and implementation and to integrate research results into the adaptation practice;
          c) Information exchange and knowledge transfer at a transnational/regional/local level to adapt to the impacts of climate change and to raise awareness among experts, policy makers and citizens;
          d) Methodologies and tools measuring and monitoring the specific impacts of climate change to the lithosphere-biosphere-hydrosphere-cryosphere.

          Promote risk prevention and disaster resilience going hand-in-hand with the aforementioned adaption measures by:
          e) Preventive, integrative and strategic planning measures in spatial planning and risk management; disaster monitoring-, warning- and response- systems at different territorial levels concerning all kind of natural hazards and fostering Nature Based Solutions;
          f) Skills and competences for all stakeholders at different policy levels to make better use of digitalisation in risk prevention, risk management and climate change adaptation;
          g) Solutions and pilot activities for different types of territories in highly affected and exposed regions as well as exposed main communications axes and human settlements;
          h) Participatory concepts, pilot projects in risk management as well as communication measures aiming at raising awareness and preparedness among policy makers as well as citizens;
          i) Solutions and pilot activities to set up coordination structures for the sustainable management of multifunctional protective forests and the establishment of Nature Based Solutions.

        RSO 2.7 Biodiversity and green infrastructure

        • Climate resilient and green Alpine region
          The programme is looking to support the following indicative types of action:
          a) Pilot projects supporting multifunctional Green and Blue infrastructure-networks, Nature Based Solutions and innovative planning methodologies in order to strengthen Alpine biodiversity and ecosystem services, tailored for different territorial needs and taking into account their impacts on social, cultural and economic systems;
          b) Transnational solutions and pilot projects on sustainable land use management, climate-friendly settlement development, soil protection and the sustainable valorisation of natural and cultural heritage to reduce biotope fragmentation and to support the connectivity of ecosystems;
          c) Transnational cooperation, knowledge-exchange and reinforced research on the concrete impacts of climate change on Alpine biodiversity as well as the impacts of mitigation and adaptation measures for different types of territories;
          d) Integrated solutions and pilot activities to cope with the impacts of energy management, hydropower, and energy grids on ecosystems and biodiversity;
          e) Measures of communication and awareness raising among different political levels and citizens in favour of ecosystem services and Green and Blue infrastructure strategies.

        RSO 2.1 Energy efficiency

        • Carbon neutral and resource sensitive Alpine region
          The programme is looking to support the following indicative types of action:
          a) Innovative solutions and concrete pilot actions that foster sufficiency-oriented-post-carbon lifestyles as well as cross- sectoral approaches for different types of territories, taking into account the sustainable implementation of new energy-resources;
          b) Development of skills and competences for all stakeholders at different policy levels as well as energy communities to support the transition from efficiency to sufficiency and post-carbon oriented approaches;
          c) Solutions, knowledge exchange, good practices and R&D activities focusing on the transition from energy efficiency to sufficiency-oriented approaches considering Multi-Energy-System-Integration and the sustainable use of renewables;
          d) Cooperative and sustainable solutions to improve energy poverty policies concerning adequate and healthy heating, cooling, lighting and energy-to-power-appliances to enhance social inclusion, social innovation and encourage common policies for the region;
          e) Knowledge transfer, pilot activities, as well as communication measures towards different policy levels and the citizens/consumers in order to foster the paradigm shift towards sufficiency- and post-carbon approaches.

        RSO 2.6 Circular economy

        • Carbon neutral and resource sensitive Alpine region
          The programme is looking to support the following indicative types of action:
          a) Circular/green/bio-economy solutions to facilitate the development and implementation of circular and green economy-approaches among different actors with a focus on the Alpine key resources and key sectors;
          b) Good practices exchange and pilot activities supporting inter-regional circular economy approaches that promote bio-economy, the use of indigenous biological and regional products and waste reduction in key sectors;
          c) “Transnational value chain” solutions based on regional assets and resources, competences and needs referring to the EU-key-concept of “strategic value chains”, supporting industrial and innovation stakeholders in the Alpine region;
          d) Skills and competences of stakeholders at all policy levels and in the relevant business sectors to pave the way towards the implementation of circular, green economy as well as bio-economy approaches including the set-up of indicators and monitoring systems;
          e) Solutions and pilot activities dealing with communication, capacity building, political framing approaches and awareness raising for stakeholders at different policy and implementation levels as well as citizens/consumers to support a better understanding of the transformation processes needed;
          f) Solutions and pilot activities supporting the development of clusters specialised in circular and green economy and bio-economy that foster research, innovation, implementation and cooperation particularly in key sectors.

    • A smarter Europe – innovative and smart economic transformation

        RSO 1.1 Developing and enhancing research and innovation capacities and the uptake of advanced technologies

        • Innovation and digitalisation supporting a green Alpine region
          The programme is looking to support the following indicative types of action:
          a) Developing or testing joint solutions and actions to support innovation and uptake of advanced technologies. These activities should involve policy-level actors and have an open and inclusive character;
          b)Testing ideas for transnational innovation activities and entrepreneurship with a view to reducing territorial imbalances in all sectors, processes and ecosystems in the Alpine region, as well as solutions for identifying and mitigating adverse social and environmental impacts;
          c) Testing and implementing transnational networking activities, networking tools, advisory services and exchange platforms;
          d) Supporting the coordination between innovation activities and policies and other policy domains of highest relevance in the Alpine region.

        RSO 1.2 Reaping the benefits of digitisation for citizens, companies, research organisations and public authorities

        • Innovation and digitalisation supporting a green Alpine region
          The programme is looking to support the following indicative types of action:
          a) Pilot projects, activities and joint solutions to harness the benefits of digitalisation in different fields to bring about socially and environmentally sustainable change.
          b) Integration of digitalisation as a transversal policy issue: supporting coordination between digitalisation activities and policies and other policy domains of highest relevance in the Alpine regions and in response to sustainable development efforts, demographic trends and increase in well-being,
          c) Common data collection, indicators and monitoring systems harmonised across borders, update and sustainability of data collection and monitoring systems.

    • A better cooperation governance

        RSO 6.1 Enhance the institutional capacity of public authorities

        • Cooperatively managed and developed Alpine region
          The programme is looking to support the following indicative types of action:
          a) Setting up transnational frameworks, platforms, networks and mechanisms in the field of governance to enhance cooperation between Alpine stakeholders including the mapping of resources, potentials and processes as well as defining innovative implementation pathways and structures;
          b) Developing and implementing solutions to enhance cooperation and organisation processes within the EUSALP governance structure;
          c) Developing solutions and pilot projects for communication measures and tools to support multi-level governance, reaping the benefits of digitalisation;
          d) Supporting capacity building and trainings for public authorities and stakeholders at different policy and governance-levels in order to adapt to new challenges;
          e) Developing tailor-made strategies and solutions for the integration of and communication with stakeholders at different policy and governance-levels, as well as with the civil society – also including “the next generation” (youth) – and non-institutional actors;
          f) Fostering and implementing knowledge transfer, exchange and capitalisation activities addressing the major governance aspects and key stakeholders;
          g) Fostering the use of available funding instruments for governance support and EUSALP implementation;
          h) Developing and implementing joint solutions for monitoring, reporting and evaluating multilevel and transnational policy instruments;
          i) Implementing joint pilot projects for the design, testing, up-scaling, comparison and evaluation of innovations in the field of public administration;
          j) Developing mechanisms for the uptake and implementation of multilevel and transnational governance.

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What is the Interreg Alpine Space programme?

The Interreg Alpine Space programme finances cooperation projects across the borders of seven Alpine countries. It tackles common challenges and improves the quality of life of the 80 million inhabitants of the Alpine region. The programme addresses public authorities on national, regional and local level, institutions of higher education, as well as enterprises, business support organisations, NGOs and associations.

We enable solutions for transnational challenges

We are supporting projects, which are developing transnational solutions for transnational challenges of the Alpine region.


  • By fostering cooperation between the organisations that can tackle these challenges
  • By co-financing cooperation projects to up to 75% via the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


The Interreg Alpine Space programme is an Interreg programme. Interreg is a key instrument of the European Union (EU) Cohesion Policy. It is financed through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as well as national contributions from its seven Partner States. For 2021-2027, the programme has a budget of € 107 million ERDF.

We are a long-term partner

The first transnational EU cooperation programme for the Alps was launched in 2000, under the name Interreg IIIB Alpine Space Programme. Its fourth edition, the Interreg Alpine Space programme 2021-2027, was launched in 2021. With a rising number of project partners in each period, the Interreg Alpine Space programme is now a key player ensuring cooperation between Alpine states and regions.

We provide inspiration

Every seven years, the Interreg Alpine Space programme redefines its objectives, based on the needs of the Alpine region as well as on the policy goals of the European Union. The projects financed by the programme must contribute to the achievements of these objectives.

Learn more about our priorities here.

We enable solutions for transnational challenges

Do you have a project idea?
Are you looking for partners and financing to tackle a challenge of the Alpine region?

If you would like to get involved in the Interreg Alpine Space programme, we invite you to:


Contact the joint secretariat or the Alpine contact point in your country

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