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PADIMA: Policies Against Depopulation In Mountain Areas

PADIMA is a project of exchange of good practice in fighting depopulation in mountain areas. 8 partners from 5 European countries engaged in a 3-year collaboration and produced policy guidlines on successful methods to attract new inhabitants to mountain areas. 

How to increase the attractiveness of mountain areas?

European mountains are spaces with an extraordinary development potential. Living in a mountain area is about a dream and the quality of life: beautiful landscapes, proximity to nature, fresh air but also the possibilities of jobs in local economy and, thanks to broadband connections, elsewhere in the world.

So why do people leave? What would they need more in order to stay? And how to help those coming in to feel at home? Solutions are neither simple nor easy to find. Population trends and demographic issues are very complex and need to be analysed at a proper scale. Reversing the negative demographic trends by increasing the attractiveness and the quality of life in mountain areas requires addressing several aspects that are closely interrelated, like the education and training possibilities, economic diversification as well as the capacity of the territory to communicate its strengths.

PADIMA’s project partners are convinced that the problem of depopulation should be addressed at policy level, especially at national and regional scale. Together, we want to show that investments targeted at actions that help to prevent depopulation in mountain areas should be undertaken by respective European regions. Partners have already taken action and we can tell you how we did it! Experiences and practices in developing the human potential of these mountain regions show that activating their human capital permits them to stimulate the regions’ own development.

What did we notice?

Experiences and practices in developing the human potential of these mountain regions show that activating their human capital permits them to stimulate the regions’ own development.

Trends observed in the data collection and the way regional and local authorities act to counter depopulation lead us to define different target groups for formulating strategies to increase attractiveness of mountain areas. These are: young, working and retired people. Thus, we have designed 3 brochures with targeted information for each group age. They are available down and are addressed to policy makers and administrative stakeholders working in and for mountain areas. Have a look at our brochures!

A brighter future for young people in mountain areas!

Attracting more working people in mountain areas

Increasing the attractiveness of mountain areas for retired people

Padima is co-financed by the ERDF and by the INTERREG IVC programme.

interregIV_CThe Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, helps Regions of Europe work together to share experience and good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk prevention. EUR 302 million is available for project funding but, more than that, a wealth of knowledge and potential solutions are also on hand for regional policy-makers.

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🌄🌄“Telework is not sufficient to attract youth in mountains.” says Carla Lostrangio, Euromontana. “We need to invest in employment, educational and cultural offers, mobility and broadband. The funds of the Cohesion Policy shall be used for that. “ Stimulating afternoon discussion organised by Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa and Il Sole 24 ORE with great inputs from Filippo barbera and Francesco Martino. #Montana174 #CohesionPolicy #Mountains ... See MoreSee Less
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❗🧑‍🤝‍🧑 Rural #braindrain: How can the Cohesion Policy help reverse the trend? This was the topic of our discussion today at the European Parliament together with the Integroup RUMRA & Smart Villages, MEP Hannes Heide, Vesna Caminades from the Bolzano-South Tyrol Autonomous Region and Blandine Camus, Euromontana. We looked at how👇: ✴️Awareness on funds and more investments on mobility can make mountains more attractive to youth & workers✴️Cultural and educational offers disclose job opportunities, such as marketing and cultural management, and reduce outmigration ✴️Concrete recommendations to counter brain drain by Euromontana, starting from the funds of the #CohesionPolicy #Montana174 #Mountains #EuropeanYearofYouth ... See MoreSee Less
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⏳ A few days left to get your early bird ticket for the XII European Mountain Convention! 🌄👉2 days of conference to define the future of #SmartMountains👉3 study visits to discover the region👉The Euromontana General Assembly ℹ️ Programme & registration: www.emc2022.info/‼️ Registration is open for the XII European Mountain Convention 🌄Innovation, governance, mobility, natural resources, digital transition & more ➡️ Join us to define a strategy for the development of SmartMountains towards 2050Programme & registration 👇👉 www.emc2022.info/Cia - Agricoltori Italiani | Regione Calabria | Parco Nazionale della Sila | G.A.L. SILA | GAL Sibaritide | Gal Kroton | Mountain Partnership ... See MoreSee Less
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Event report🆕

Main messages from last week's event on #BrainDrain with @IntergroupRUMRA & MEP @HannesHeide
👉Mountains lack diversified & qualified jobs
👉Culture plays a role in attractiveness
👉The 🇪🇺 #NewEuropeanBauhaus can improve quality of life

https://t.co/8cWW1R9236

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Giovani, vita in montagna e opportuintà date dall'Ue. Il bello di punti di vista critici: da non perdere gli spunti dati da Carla Lostrangio di @Euromontana , di @FilBarbera e @fmartino_obc https://t.co/wwGLcRizKb #Work4Future

We’re still looking for papers on harnessing #digitalization for #SustainableFutures of #mountain #SocialEcologicalSystems. What works, how does it work, what risks are there?

We’ve extended the due date: Submit by 1 August 2022! https://t.co/NxyLlKa3VY

#MountainsMatter

La Oficina @aragon_Bruselas ha asistido al evento #RuralBrainDrain organizado por @Euromontana. Junto con @HannesHeide, europarlamentario austriaco, y con miembros de otras regiones europeas hemos dialogado sobre la fuga de cerebros y como mitigar la disminución de la población.

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How to fight #BrainDrain in mountain areas?🌄

🔸Economic diversification
🔸Change of mindsets
🔸Strategies to attract young graduates back
🔸Analysis of COVID-19 impact

More recommendations in our position paper👇
https://t.co/rrE01AUpLs

#EUYearofYouth #MountainsMatter

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