Alpine Programme Forum:
"COPING WITH DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGE: Shaping Policies"
The Alpine Space in the future Cohesion Policy
Coping with Demographic Change in the Alps – Different Impacts of a Megatrend
Thought-provoking keynote introducing types of space and varying regional dynamics and implications
Clustering Dimensions of Demographic Change: Challenges for the Alps
Experts provide key insights into the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for Alpine regions/communities. How are these changing the parameters for (regional/ local) policy-making, planning and management? Which long-term scenarios are relevant to decision making today and what are the opportunities to address the challenges? The presentations provide input to the afternoon workshops.
Dimension 1: Economic Centres & Peripheries
Dimension 2: Migration & Integration
Dimension 3 : Public Services & Civil Engagement
Practitioners in regional and local development facing specific dimensions of demographic change meet with experts engaged in projects dealing with possible solutions.
1 Economic Centres & Peripheries
Disparities within small space. Shrinking areas vs. growing hubs, specific patterns in some areas, tourism, new business types, central development of small towns as service centres etc
Wolfgang Pfefferkorn, CIPRA international
DEMOCHANGE: Demographic change in the Alps: adaptation strategies to spatial planning and regional development, focus on tourism
CAPACities: Competitiveness Actions and Policies for Alpine Cities
INNOCITÉ: How to Improve Competitiveness of Small-Medium Cities under the Influence of Alpine Great Urban Centers
2 Migration & Integration
New “alpiners” (emigrants/retired), marginalisation vs. integration, leisure & age, new business types, the role of education, work markets etc.
Pier Paolo Viazzo, Working group “Demography & Employment” of the Alpine Convention
Practitioner / expert perspective:
PADIMA: Policies against depopulation in mountain areas
My Featured Space: Quality of life in rural regions of the future
ALPTER: Terraced Landscapes of the Alpine Arc – the role of migrants
MigrAlp: Center on Migration for Services, Integration and Information
3 Public Services & Civil Engagement
Role of family (women/men), civil society, new ways of life, social commitment, public “spaces” and services, new/more mobile/cross-border services, elderly and health, private services etc.
Thomas Egger, SAB – Swiss Centre for Mountain Regions
Practitioner / expert perspective:
ACCESS: Improving accessibility of Services of General Interest. Organisational innovations in rural mountain areas
Pusemor: Public services in sparsely populated mountain regions- new needs and innovative strategies
ALIAS: Alpine hospitals networking for improved access to telemedicine services
A snapshot of Workshops Results
Interview with workshop facilitators
WS 2: Pier Paolo Viazzo, Working group “Demography & Employment” of the Alpine Convention
WS 3: Thomas Egger, SAB – Swiss Centre for Mountain Regions
Shaping Policies – Towards an Integrated Regional Development
Transfer of workshop results: What can we learn from current approaches and what is the contribution of (Alpine) organisations, projects and EU programmes? Are there practical starting points for key actors in the programme related to the different dimensions of demographic change? What are the most relevant actions for the future to tackle the different dimensions of demographic change? Are there project ideas emerging out of the discussion so far?
An interactive session with a structured discussion
Patrick Lacoste, Manager of Observation, Studies and Forecasting Office, Regional Council Provence Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Luisa Pedrazzini, CAPACities project, DG Green network and landscape Lombardy Region (I)
Georg Schadt, Federal Chancellery & Chair of the Programme Committee for the Alpine Space Programme, Austria
Christian Salletmaier, Managing Authority, Alpine Space Programme