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REGION OF THE WEEK:

Trentino Alto Adige

Trentino Alto Adige

20/11/2012

The region Trentino Alto Adige is composed of the Autonomous Province of Bozen (South Tyrol) and the Autonomous province of Trento (Trentino). It is located in the Northern part of Italy. It covers around 13.600 km2, basically alpine highlands and Dolomites mountainous areas. The economy of the region has long been seen as highly “green-oriented”, mainly towards renewable energy sources, green building and sustainable tourism. Its GDP/hab for 2009 was 134% of the EU average (145% for the Bolzen Province and 124% for the Trento province). Furthermore, together with North Tyrol in Austria, the region constitutes the euregio Tirolo-Alto Adige-Trentino.

What are the region’s priorities?

Due to its situation in the mountains, the region is exposed to natural hazards especially the Province of South Tyrol. Therefore the mitigation of the effects of natural hazards as well as strategies for natural risk prevention strategies is one priority for the region. The goals are the enhancement of the exchange of information between measurement stations, the development of interdisciplinary risk prevention river management plans and the design and implementation of sustainable protection measures in order to mitigate hydro-geological risks.

Investments in renewable energy sources are also a priority in order to develop the regional economy. The region invests a lot in “green-building” technologies like energetic efficiency and bio-materials which are implemented in the “Habitech” Cluster based in Trentino. Projects have been placed in municipalities in order to build or reorganise public buildings accorded to the most advanced standards in “green-building”.

Finally, the region performs well in natural environment maintenance, and the preservation of natural parks as well as the development of sustainable tourism are priorities. Public policies aim at promoting and enhancing the enjoyment of environmental resources, by means of a wide range of tourist offers.

How does EU regional policy contribute?

The programme 'Autonomous Province of Bolzano' has a total budget of around €75 million. The assistance through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) amounts to €26 million, which represents approximately 0.1% of the total EU investment earmarked for Italy under the Cohesion Policy 2007-13.

The programme ‘Autonomous Province of Trento’ has a total budget of around €64 million. The assistance through the ERDF amounts to €19 million, which represents approximately 0.1% of the total EU investment earmarked for Italy under the Cohesion Policy 2007-2013.

As Trentino Alto Adige borders Austria, the region is active in territorial cooperation:

The Programme 'Italy - Austria' involves Community support for the regions of Bolzano/Bozen, Belluno, Udine, Klagenfurt-Villach, Oberkärnten, Pinzgau-Pongau, Tiroler Oberland, Innsbruck, Tiroler Unterland and Osttirol along the Italian – Austrian border. The total budget of the programme is EUR 80 million and ERDF investment amounts to EUR 60 million.

The Programme 'Alpine Space' is a transnational cooperation programme between Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Slovenia (with participation from Liechtenstein and Switzerland) for the period 2007-13. The Alpine Space Programme has a total budget of around €130 million and ERDF investment amounts to €98 million.

Project examples

  • Route “Le Muse Fedaie”: ERDF contribution EUR 95.296

    This project implemented in the Paneveggio Natural Park involves a walking route setup across green meadows surrounding the Welsperg House and the Castelpietra area to inform the tourists about environment and biodiversity in the Park. Along this walking route, 7 areas for information and rest on a biodiversity and water topic have been installed: The Norican Horse, the environmental protection, the green meadows, the soil, The Lamon Sheep, the Kneipp therapy and the water and nearby habitat have been installed.

  • Etsch Dialogue: ERDF contribution EUR 139.614

    The Etsch Dialogue is an initiative that brings together people, municipalities and representatives of various interest groups between the cities of Glorenza and Lasa in South Tirol. The objective is to jointly achieve a satisfactory quality of life for the 3,634 hectare region around the river Etsch through dialogue and cooperation. Thanks to the Etsch Dialog, life on the river Etsch will be improved in terms of more safety, more space, more water and more ecology.

  • Pro Drau: ERDF contribution EUR 139.000

    Alongside to the river management plans in the Upper Vinschgau Valley and Central Isarco Valley, an integrated watershed management plan was carried out for the first time in South Tyrol for the entire Drava River catchment according to the previously described method. The main advantage of such plans relies in the interdisciplinary cooperation among public authorities, but also among different interest groups. Solid networks are tied and synergies exploited. This results into a cost reduction and an increased multifunctional value of the implemented measures.

  • “Water area” of the Faunal Centre: ERDF contribution EUR 176.973

    Coordinated by the Natural Park Adamello Brenta, the “water-area” of the Faunal Centre project aims at improving the existing fish farm as well as at providing an offer to study groups interested in local fauna. Streams like lakes and ponds have been set up in order to recreate an alpine ecosystem for aquatic fauna. It also has a water bio-purifying system by means of biological pools in different depths. Furthermore, the “water-area” includes a route through the different aquatic zones provided with half-submerged structures serving as observation point for aquatic fauna and flora. All the buildings within this are “green buildings”, made up of natural materials. The energetic demand requested to manage the buildings is provided by solar energy.

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