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Public services in sparsely populated mountain regions- new needs and innovative strategies



Lead Partner

Federal Office for Spatial Development of Switzerland (ARE) / Swiss Centre for Mountain Regions (SAB)

Lead Partner Country


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01/2005 - 09/2007

Date of Approval


Approx. Total Budget in €

2.734.752 €

ERDF in €

1.212.424 €

Project Summary

The project “PUSEMOR” aims at developing sustainable strategies and innovative solutions for improving the provision of sparsely populated mountain regions with public services. This with the ambition to grade up these regions both as economic place and as place of residence. The project has both an analytical/scientific and a strategic/political dimension. The analysis aims at gathering existing knowledge from the various regions involved, combining it in a methodical way and expanding it in specific areas. The strategic dimension is concerned with the formulation of implementation-ready concepts and pilot projects to improve provision of public services in sparsely populated areas. Furthermore, an important goal of the project is the elaboration of recommendations for public authorities / policy makers in this important field of spatial development.

Project Objectives

The target results of PUSEMOR are: - reports about the actual situation of public services in the participating regions and its development over the last years; - detailed description of exemplary new strategies in the involved regions (inventory of „good ideas“); - joint interim report with the findings of an appropriate transversal comparison between the participating regions / countries; - preparation and promotion of about 25 implementation-ready pilot projects in the regions; - recommendations / guidance for innovative strategies to improve provision of public services in sparsely populated areas (for public authorities as well as for regional development agencies and for private stakeholders); - a new transnational network between Alpine areas concerning the issue of public services.

Project Achievements

Project Result Files


EU Project Partners

BSC Business Support Centre of Kranj (Slovenia)
Bundesland Kärnten/ Amt der Kärntner Landesregierung (Austria)
Bundesland Tirol/ Amt der Tiroler Landesregierung (Austria)
GAL Appennino Genovese (Italy)
Région Franche-Comté/Dir. de l’aménagement du territoire (France)
Regionalverband Südlicher Oberrhein (Germany)
Regione Lombardia, General Direction Industry, SMEs, Cooperation and Tourism/Research Institute for the Ecology and the Economy Applied to the Alpine Areas (IREALP) ERDF Lead Partner (Italy)

Non-EU Project Partners

Association pour le développement du district d'Aigle (Switzerland)
Association pour le développement du Nord Vaudois (Switzerland)
Bergregion Obersimmental/Saanenland (Switzerland)
Canton Ticino (Switzerland)

Contact Person

Rumley, Pierre Alain

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