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The main objective of PADIMA is to improve the design and implementation of regional policies against depopulation. This will be made possible through the Exchange and dissemination of best practices designed to encourage growth and the ageing of the population in mountain areas.
The long-term objective of the project is to increase population in mountain areas and then to promote sustainable development.

Summary of the project
 In some European countries (e.g. Spain, Norway, France) the phenomenon of depopulation in mountain areas is very advanced, while in others, as in Italy, it is just starting. Administrators must, nonetheless, consider this phenomenon and develop possible solutions.
To maintain or increase the population mountain regions the first step is to ensure a possibility of permanence to the natives (or allow the return of those who have had to leave) and secondly to attract new people.

The PADIMA project aims to:

  • identify and describe the specific good practices implemented in partner areas;
  • develop policy recommendations to assist the regions in preserving and increasing population in mountain regions;
  • propose a wide distribution of results to other European mountain regions (priority to regional and local authorities) in order to broaden the results and promote long-term exchanges;
  • raise awareness at European level of the complexity of the matter and of the existence of successful approaches.

Planned activities
To achieve the objective of finding suitable policies to counter depopulation in the mountains, the main activities will be the exchange of experience, articulated over 3 main themes:

  • Education and training.
  • Territorial marketing.
  • Economic diversification

For each of the themes the expected results are:

  • a collection of good practices obtained through a survey of the existing instruments in the partner regions;
  • a thematic inter-regional seminar, including a study tour to find a tangible approach to good practice;
  • a thematic guide to good practice with recommendations.

Expected results
In the long term, the project aims to find ways to:

  • defuse the current cycle of economic and cultural decline through a circle of sustainably managed job creation and economic growth;
  • improve the attractiveness of mountain areas for both natives and the new inhabitants through marketing campaigns and information;
  • ensure the maintenance of a critical mass to overcome problems of access to services and enable development.

Lead Institution: Disputación de Teruel, Spain

- France: EUROMONTANA, UCCIMAC (Union des chambers de commerce et d'industrie du Massif Central)
- Italy: province of Turin, IREALP (Research Institute for Ecology and Economy Applied to Alpine areas)
- Sweden: Dalarna Regional Development Council
- Norway: Buskerud County Council, Hedmark County Council Co-ordinator: EUROMONTANA

Duration: 3 years (January 2010-January 2013).

Other contents published on line inside Irealp web site:
- Padima Press Conference - 17 june 2010 - news report
- Padima Press Conference - 17 june 2010 - event presentation


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