Smart Villages support in Greece
The SR21 Country Page
information on Smart Villages in Greece
How is the concept of Smart Villages defined?
No formal definition of ‘Smart Villages’ in Greece.
The description in the LEADER intervention is commonly accepted:
Smart Villages are “communities in rural areas that have innovative solutions to improve their resilience, based on the local advantages of the place”. This also means that there is no ‘absolute’ definition or a model that covers every case for Smart Villages.
The innovative solutions in Smart Villages often focus on supporting local actions that lead to a digital, green or social ‘transition’. This transition often includes measures related to essential services such as care, education, mobility or energy.
There is a specification for Smart Villages: they must contain a technological or social innovation.
Source: Draft Greek CAP Strategic Plan
Is digital a key feature of Smart Villages?
Digital innovation is a key feature. It is acknowledged that digital technology can help improving services (e.g. energy and basic services).
Is social innovation a key feature of Smart Villages?
Social innovation is considered an essential feature of Smart Villages. The concept aims to improve the delivery of key rural services such as health, education, energy, mobility and other social services of key importance in rural, mountainous and remote areas where these services are of poor quality and often declining.
How is the CAP supporting Smart Villages?
Ministry of Rural Development and Food, General Secretariat for Agricultural Policy & European Funds Management
Ministry of Rural Development and Food Website
Ioannis Kovanis, Coordinator of the Local Development Strategies as part of the preparation for the CAP Strategic Plan
Only indirectly, no dedicated Smart Villages interventions identified.
- LEADER/ CLLD
Indirectly, no specific Smart Villages intervention.
LEADER Local Action Groups (LAGs) will implement the Smart Village approach in Greece: for Smart Villages to succeed, LAGs need to be able to support social innovation processes that often require increased and broader partnership and collaboration. The partnerships and collaborations in which LAGs are involved and active in their own area of intervention need to be strengthened in order to ensure the participation of relevant know-how providers (universities, training centres, research institutes, etc.) to facilitate the processes of social and technological innovation necessary for the transition to Smart Villages.
LAGs working on Smart Villages can focus on important elements such as animation strategy, social innovation and community participation that are central to the approach.
National Rural Network Greece
Gabriela Michail, Head of Networking and Publicity Unit
CAP Network support
Some network activity on Smart Villages:
Its core tasks are the transfer of know-how to the LAGs and the exchange of experiences at national and European levels.
How are other policies supporting Smart Villages?
No other policies supporting Smart Villages have been identified at this stage.
Please find further information about Smart Villages support in Greece on the Smart Rural 21 project’s Greece country page.
Smart Rural 27 – Smart Villages Taskforce
Information will follow soon.
Smart Villages in Greece
Tílos is a small Greek island and municipality in the Aegean Sea. It is part of the Dodecanese archipelago and lies halfway between Kos and Rhodes.
It has an irregular shape and an area of 61,487 Km2, an intense relief and lacy beaches, while its population is 780. It is surrounded by 16 small islands and the small island of Antitilos is about 2 miles away. The main settlements of the island are Megalo Chorio, the largest village, Livadia, the port of the island and Eristos, a fertile valley.
The climate on the island is Mediterranean, with mild winters and cool summers. The island has long been known for its rare medicinal plants and herbs, and its inhabitants are involved in fishing, agriculture, beekeeping and tourism.
The island is the first energy-efficient island in Greece. An innovative hybrid system is being developed and operated on the island, using solar and wind energy. Via a battery, a storage system will cover the electricity needs of the inhabitants of the village of Livadia (~500 inhabitants).Read more
Kythnos is a Cycladic island between Kea and Serifos. It is 3 hours from the port of Piraeus and just 1 hour and 40 minutes from the port of Lavrion. It administratively belongs to the South Aegean region and since the 12th century it is also known as “Therma”. This name is due to the hot springs that exist up to today in the bay of Loutra. The baths of Kythnos were enjoyed by King Othon and Queen Amalia (1837-1862). Kythnos has an area of 99.3 square kilometers, a population of 1456 and a coastline of about 104 kilometers, with 92 coves, coves and beaches, most of which are accessible by road. There are two mainland villages on the island, Chora or Mesaria and Dryopida or Sullaka. There are also three main seaside settlements: Merichas-the main port-, the Baths with thermal springs and Panagia Kanala with the church of the same name. Kythnos has daily connections with Piraeus and Lavrion port.Read more
Astypalaia, is a Greek island with 1,334 inhabitants (2011 census). It is part of the Dodecanese, an archipelago of twelve larger islands in the southeastern Aegean Sea. The island is 18 kilometers (11 miles) long, a maximum of 13 kilometers (8 miles) wide, and covers an area of 97 km2. Together with numerous smaller uninhabited offshore islands (the largest of which are Sýrna and Ofidoussa), it forms the municipality of Astypalaia, which belongs to the regional unit of Kalymnos. The municipality has an area of 114.077 km2. The capital and the former main port of the island is Astypalaia or Chora, as it is called by the locals. The coasts of Astypalaia are rocky with many small pebble-strewn beaches. A narrow strip of land about 126 meters wide almost divides the island into two parts at Stenó.
A new port has been built at Agios Andreas in the center of the island, from which there are now connections to the west and east with the Athenian port of Piraeus and the other islands of the Dodecanese. Air connections with Athens are available from the airport near Maltezana.
Villages : Astypalea or Chora (1.036 inhabitants), Analipsi or Maltezana (149), Livadi (39), Vathi (14)
Islands : Agía Kyriakí, Astypálaia, Avgó, Glynó, Zaforás, Kounoúpoi, Koutsomýti, Mesonísi, Ofidoússa, Plakída, Pontikoúsa, Stefánia, Sýrna, Fokionísia, Khondró, Khondronísi (all uninhabited except Astypálaia itself)
The island of Kythera is one of the largest islands in Greece and is characterised by a large number of small settlements, with a total population of around 4000. Our greatest expectation is to keep our youth in the area, by creating the appropriate conditions for young and active people to live and work on the island. Our local economy is based predominantly on tourism and agriculture but also other areas such as trades and services, including education and health. We would like to promote agricultural and environmental sustainability on the island by introducing new technologies. The goal is to enhance the production of local products, mainly olive-oil production, honey, as well as aromatic and medicinal plants, while promoting and preserving Kythera’s landscapes, ecosystems and biodiversity.Read more
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Last update: September 20, 2022