Smart digital transformation of villages in the Alpine Space
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Smart& Sustainable Agriculture - DIH AGRIFOOD Pomurje - SLOVENIA

It is the most important area suitable for food production in Slovenia –   Agricultural holdings of this region cultivate almost 13 % of all agricultural   land in Slovenia and raise almost 12 % of all the livestock                                   

Main needs of the Test Area in terms of Smart Transition                                                                                                        New/smart technologies to be implemented for smart farming (viticulture, fruit growing, livestock breeding etc.)        New business models for farmers (based on digital transformation and   short supply chains)                                          New markets (customers) where higher margins are achieved New cross-sector life and working models (remote work)                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Innovation aspects of the Pilot Activity                                                                                                                         

Creating new and efficient networks between regional food production stakeholders                                                                                                          Catalogue of Short food supply chains for digital farm shops                                                                                                                                                Integration of solutions into DIH AGRIFOOD                                                                                                                                                                                               

Regional Stakeholder Group (RSG) in a quadruple helix (4H) logic                                                                                                                                                        Public Administrations: Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, Chamber for agriculture and forestry, RCMS                                                                    Academia or Research Centres, Innovation Parks/Hubs: University of Maribor, University of Ljubljana, DIH AGRIFOOD, SRIP FOOD                                        Businesses, business associations : ITC cluster, Pomurje technology park, Castoola, Elmitel                                                                                                          Citizen organisations, NGOs : Farmer association Vrtovi Panonski, EKO podeželje, Centre for Health and Development Murska Sobota, DOSOR (Elderly home)

Smart Tourism - Maribor/Pohorje - SLOVENIA

 It is an important area for tourism in Slovenia (environment, food products and gastronomy). This area
extends to 2.170 km2 and hosts 322.000 inhabitants.

Main needs of the Test Area in terms of Smart Transition
Development and utilization of the tourist economy and related opportunities
Tourist consumption increase
Increasing the offer of Unique GREEN ACTIVE products and services
Increasing the stay of boutique guests
Increasing the focus on the vital products
Sport, Cultural heritage, City, MICE, Culinary expirience
Increasing relevant sport activities (currently 45 % sport based stays): European; Youth; Senior
Innovation aspects of the Pilot Activity
Creating new and efficient networks between regional tourist stakeholders: Hotels, Catereres,
Restaurants and Service providers (sport, relaxation)
Creating an ACTION PLAN for effective collaboration of the local and regional tourist services

Regional Stakeholder Group (RSG) in a quadruple helix (4H) logic                                                                                                                                                      Policy makers: Ministry of Economic Development anfd Technology, Tourism and Hospitality Chamber of Slovenia, Government office for Development and European Cohesion Policy, Regional municipialities, Slovenian Chamber of Commerce, Strategic Development & Innovation Partnership for sustainable tourism                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Academia: University of Maribor                                                                                                                                                                                                     Business: Local winemakers, Small and medium hotelers, Technology transfer providers, Enterpreneurs in ICT for tourism, Local passenger transport   Civil society Maribor - Pohorje Tourist Board, Maribor Development Agency, Citizens, Youth 

Smart Agricolture, living and environment - Pomurje Region - SLOVENIA

Pomurje pilot region lies in the northeastern part of Slovenia and borders three countries - Austria, Croatia,
and Hungary. The region is home to three protected nature areas: Nature Park Goričko, Nature Park
Ljutomerski ribniki – Jeruzalemske gorice, and Nature Park Negova. It is divided into 27 municipalities that
stretch over 1,337 km2 of land – the region is therefore sparsely populated and rural. Its cultural,
economic, administrative, and educational center is the city municipality of Murska Sobota, with its 19,655
residents and lively events. (
The flat landscape that is marked by the Mura River, a pleasant continental climate and fertile soil
represents a great opportunity fot the development of agriculture and the production of local fresh food.
Smart environment, mobility, living and people are therefore main topics in Smart Village digitalization

Smart Mobility - Stura, Orba and Leira Valleys (Valli del SOL) - ITALY


The "Valli del SOL" is a union of municipalities that traces the boundaries of the former mountain community Valli Stura Orba and Leira and that contains within it the municipalities belonging to these three valleys. The center of the area is located about 30 km from the city of Genoa, county seat of the Liguria region, it is made up of 5 municipalities and it is part of the Metropolitan City of Genoa. A part of the territory of the area is included in the Natural Regional Park of the Monte Beigua, a geopark recognized by the UNESCO. The territory is famous for its natural beauties and is historically linked to the breeding and agriculture, as well as to an   early paleo industrial development linked to the processing of iron and then the cotton and silk spinning mills. The working of the filigree jewels is still active, while the progressive transfer of the companies starting from the second half of the last century has started commuting processes that still today have a certain relevance.



The Royans-Vercors Intermunicipality is a rural area of 497 km² located one hour south-west of Grenoble city in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region, 9700 inhabitants are living there. That region presents the characteristics of a preserved and attractive environment appreciated both by tourists and inhabitants, thus a touristic destination famous for its landscaptes and its local farming products such as nuts fruits. Territory is ageing resulting in public services departure and drop of local community dynamics and economic dynamics. But arrival of young people in the valley area has been noticed recently and let imagine local challenges that Smart Village project can actually adress : small diversity of mobility solutions based on major car-dependant use, lack of collaborative, intelligent and digital governance tools, needs for digital hability improvement for some categories of population. All of the stakeholders are now brainstorming to discuss an ambitious action plan and concrete short term actions, around e-services, third place 'La Place des Possibles', local food platform, open data and other topics!

Smart Governance, Living and Mobility - Municipality of Löffingen - GERMANY

Löffingen is a town in the administrative district Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald, in the Land Baden-Württemberg (Germany). It is situated 40 km southeast of Freiburg. Löffingen covers an area of 88km² and has a population of approximately 7.700 inhabitants of which one half lives in the core town. Apart from the historic centre Löffingen is most famous for the so-called “Wutach Canyon” at the edge of the Black Forrest. The Test Area will focus on citizen-centred smart governance including also smart mobility and smart living. At the moment the Regional Stakeholder Group composed by local public administration, businesses and civil society concentrates on the integration of young people. 

Smart conversion - Agricolture and Tourism - Kungota, Padna and Solcava - SLOVENIA

The Municipality of Kungota is a small municipality situated in the north -  eastern part of Slovenia in the hilly region of Slovenske gorice. In   the Municipality around 80% of inhabitants are farmers, primarily   traditional winegrowers on family farms by working on own land and also   rented land. Others work in the service sector such as building   construction, electrical infrastructure, carpenters. The Intergenerational   Centre hosts and organises numerous activities and events and is developing as a core  hub for a wide range of diverse smart  actions ensuring intergenerational involvement and cooperation within the municipality and beyond. 

 Village Padna is located in rural area of Coastal Region of Slovenia. Small village is situated on the end of the   ridge, with steep slopes of terraces, where ‘cultura mista’ type of crops is grown. The region has a sub-   Mediterranean climate conditions, which enable the development of tourism and some special agricultural   crops production (i.e. olive trees, mediterranean herbs).Economy of the region is strongly based on services   such as trade, accommodation, and transport that are generated by activities at the port of Koper. In port of   Koper also tourists cruise ships have their stopping point. Village Padna provides genuine experience of the   coastal countryside to tourist who are important source of income.

The Municipality of Solčava lies at the Slovenian – Austrian borderline, in the headwaters of Savinja River. The specialty of the region are three parallel Alpine, glacial valleys of Logarska dolina, Robano kot and Matkov kot. 80% of the region is protected under Landscape Park and Natura 2000 site. The municipality covers 103 km2 and has around 550 inhabitants. The community lives in sustainable relationship with environment through traditional or organic farming, forestry and crafts as well as agri- and eco- tourism, thus allowing for continuous environmental protection of the area. The main interests of this project is to foster the already functioning initiatives (cooperation of land owners in Logar valley, wool processing, food products, wood craftsmen, young locals) and professionalize it with new approaches. One of the focal partners is the Municipality Solčava.

Smart Mobility - Pitzal - AUSTRIA

The Pitztal Valley is a 40 km long side valley of the Inn Valley, which is placed in the south of Imst. It consists of four communities: Arzl im Pitztal, Jerzens, St. Leonhard im Pitztal and Wenns. All in all, 7,400 people are living in the Pitztal. From an economic perspective, the tourism sector is very important for the Pitztal. All four communities have a good accommodation sector. With the ski areas on the Hochzeiger, the Rifflsee and the Pitztal Glacier - Austria's highest ski area  - a very high quality of leisure and sports facilities in the valley are given. The opportunities for employment outside of tourism sector are low, agriculture plays a large role. The outer Pitztal (municipality Arzl and Wenns) still has a balance of craft, trade and services. However, manufacturing and trade tend to have a local supply function. A large number of the residents is therefore classified as a commuter. Most of them work in the region of Imst and Innsbruck. Due to the steep slopes, the valley is characterized by a high potential of natural hazards. Due to its location, the Pitztal belongs to the dry valleys in the Alpine region.

Smart Conversion into a Digital Region - Lucerne West Region - SWISS

In Region Luzern West are situated some highly specialized SMEs. SMEs and Community are its more
important stakeholders. The region is also characterized by intact environment that is really appreciated by
inhabitants and tourists. The Kickoff of the Regional Stakeholder Group “Forum SmartVillages” of the
REGION LUZERN WEST in Switzerland took place on the 5th of february 2019. In that Forum there are 5
regional policy makers, 4 Entrepreneurs and CEO‘s, 4 representative of universities and education and 2
students involved. The group worked very constructive and goal-oriented. Together they stroke a new path
and provided a basis for the further development of the REGION LUZERN WEST.