The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia & Chamber of Agricultural and Food Enterprises (CCIS-CAFE) is a member of the AlpBioEco project. „CCIS-CAFE is located at Ljubljana and comprises branch interests of around 230 agricultural and food companies registered in Slovenia. As a representative of the national food industry association it is a multiple purpose adviser and develops strategic partnerships for the purpose of innovation. Read our interview with Nina Barbara Križnik, Senior Consultant at Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia!“

Know you better as a project partner

  1. How many people work in your organization on the AlpBioEco project and what are their roles?

Nina Barbara Križnik: At the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia – Chamber of Agricultural and Food enterprises (CCIS-CAFE) 3 people are currently working on the AlpBioEco project. Nina Barbara Križnik and Tjaša Gorjanc took over the substantial part of the work from Petra Medved Djurašinović, PhD and Dea Zavadlav. But Petra is still taking care of the project finances.

  1. Walnuts, apples or herbs? Which team do you belong to and why?

Nina Barbara Križnik: Nina and Tjaša are agricultural engineers by education. Nina is the secretary of Slovenian fruit growers organization, which consists of small and medium fruit growing companies, research and educational institutions. Tjaša is working on the analysis of the Slovenian agricultural companies. Therefore, we are both very interested in the value chains as such, especially the ones in the primary economic activity. Since we professionally deal with supporting the fruit grower companies, and since Slovenian fruit growing sector is specialized for apple production, we have better knowledge of apples than walnuts and herbs. 

  1. What are you currently doing as work for the project?

Nina Barbara Križnik: Nina and Tjaša are currently preparing activities for the Work Package 3 (WP3), because CCIS-CAFE is the WP3 responsible partner. Our wish is to lead the WP3 in the way that we can make the most for the involved companies and farms.

  1. Why did you choose to work for AlpBioEco?

Nina Barbara Križnik: We at CCIS-CAFE are becoming more and more interested in bioeconomy. The fact that the AlpBioEco project combines bioeconomy objectives and value chains in the apple, walnuts and herb sector, caught our attention. We are very glad that we can get more knowledge about all of the above stated, this is why we applied to AlpBioEco. We hope to get the most knowledge out of it and to help the apple, walnut and herb sector in the Alpine region to evolve.

You and the bioeconomy

  1. In your opinion, how can AlpBioEco help to develop bioeconomy?

Nina Barbara Križnik: The fact, that in the AlpBioEco project many different types of institutions are among the project partners, has great potential to develop bioeconomy in the Alpine region. The production of apples, walnuts and herbs does not come without any waste. But what is waste actually? If we can transform it in a way that it becomes a useful product, than it’s not waste anymore. But to achieve that we need a lot of expert-knowledge, industry support and enough material to make it interesting and marketable.

  1. Why do you think the bioeconomy is so important for the Alps?

Nina Barbara Križnik: The Alps are a natural beauty and we can be very proud that we live in this beautiful environment. That is why we need to preserve our natural environment and bioeconomy is one way to do so. If we want that the culture landscape of the Alps stays as beautiful as it is now, we need to ensure, that the rural regions stay populated. If we want to achieve that, we need steady jobs and especially interesting jobs for the youth to stay in the Alps. And bioeconomy can ensure that.

  1. If you just had to choose a symbolic word or expression representing the AlpBioEco project, which one would it be?

Nina Barbara Križnik: Eco-innovation.

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