CSS-Ebla takes part as observer in the Alpfoodway project, supported by the European Union in the field of the Interreg AlpineSpace program. It is the first project that concerns this topic and it is possible thanks to a partnership with 14 companies and institutions of six alpine towns, Lombardy Region, the association Polo Poschiavo (Switzerland) with a budget of 2’500’000 €.
This project has an interdisciplinary, transnational and participative approach towards the Alpine Cultural and Food Heritage. These social-economic and cultural practices called “Foodway” are linked to the production and to the consumption of food. For alpine inhabitants, food heritage represents a strong identity element that goes beyond products in themselves and includes: productive landscapes, traditional techniques of production, habits of consumption and rituals. Because of the depopulation, the progressively aging population and the globalization, Alpine food heritage risks to disappear.
AlpFoodway intends to create a model of sustainable development for alpine areas based on the preservation and on the promotion of the cultural food heritage and on the practice of innovative marketing and governance tools. It will also help arise a transnational alpine identity based on values expressed through the food heritage.
This project is also relevant in the context of a recent International debate linked to the 2013 UNESCO Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage. All Alpine administrations are testing solutions for the preservation and the promotion of their own intangible cultural heritage, but they are still fragmented and uncoordinated. This project will include all the Alpine territory and it will create the bases to sign up the Alpine Food Heritage in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list as traditional “foodway”.