Smart Villages support in Italy
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information on Smart Villages in Italy
How is the concept of Smart Villages defined?
No formal definition of Smart Villages in Italy.
Is digital a key feature of Smart Villages?
While no formal Smart Villages definition exists, according to stakeholders, Smart Villages are primarily implementing digital solutions with the aim of improving the capacity of villages to address the challenges of their territories, in particular in relation to mobility, communication and public services. Innovative solutions can i) reduce economic and social disruption and ii) help villages to adapt projects to the villages’ context.
The capacity to introduce innovation through the use of digital tools is considered key for improving small communities. The presence of digital services in small villages can boost the creation of new businesses and fight against the process of depopulation.
Is social innovation a key feature of Smart Villages?
Social innovation aspects are important for the development of Smart Villages. Interviewees perceive social innovation as a key future for successful smart villages development that should enable creating new positive effects in the community. The participatory approach should include different categories of stakeholders (citizens, final users of the services, enterprises, etc.). Social innovation aspects are also very relevant to support diversification of the economy of rural villages (recreation and leisure, social services, productive labour opportunities, social integration for immigrants) within the National Strategy for Inner Areas, which is an important supporting tool to the creation of Smart Villages.
How is the CAP supporting Smart Villages?
Ministero delle Politiche Agricole, Alimentari e Forestali (National Rural Network, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry)
Paolo Ammassari (Head of National Rural Network and Rural Development Unit)
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Indirectly, no specific Smart Villages intervention.
LAGs across the country have had a focus on the development of smart villages within their Local Development Strategies. a possible national strategy.
To some extent / indirectly.
LAGs across the country have had a focus on the development of smart villages within their Local Development Strategies. This interest has stimulated debate about Smart Villages in local communities, also in relation to the importance to develop a common definition and a possible national strategy.
CREA Ricerche (CREA Research), Raffaella Di Napoli (Coordinator LEADER Task Force – NRN) Email : Raffaella.email@example.com
CAP Network support
Yes, specific Smart Villages network activities.
Smart Villages Thematic Group
The LEADER team within the NRN is planning to set up a thematic group on Smart Villages in 2022 (activity included in the action plan of the 2014-2021 NRN for the period 2020-2022).
Training/ workshops on/ for Smart Villages
Related to the action mentioned above, at least one workshop will be organised on this topic.
Collection of specific examples/ good practices on Smart Villages
Within the activity of the thematic group, a call to collect Smart Villages examples is likely to be launched in 2022.
How are other policies supporting Smart Villages?
Yes, other policies are supporting Smart Villages.
The Smart Specialisation Strategies implemented within the ERDF and Cohesion Policy has been reported to have provided support to Smart Villages. This strategy is being funded by different sources (Cohesion fund, ERDF, national and regional funds) and different types of calls; therefore, the implementation cannot be tracked comprehensively.
The National Strategy for Inner Areas is an integrated strategy aimed at tackling problems such as depopulation, low access to services and lack of development strategies. The Strategy is funded by the European Structural and Investment Funds and national funds. Local integrated development strategies are financed in 72 pilot areas.
Smart Rural 27 – Smart Villages Taskforce
Smart Villages in Italy
Ostana is an Occitan multi-centric settlement in the north-western Alps, in the Po valley, facing the Monviso mountain in Italy. In 1921 there were 1 200 inhabitants. At the end of the 20th century only six were left with a depopulation rate of 99,5%. Nowadays, the inhabitants count 50 permanent ones, while in the summer and high season this number grows to 500 tourists and second-home owners in total. T
Over the years, Ostana was able to attract a network of qualified supporters and build a system of competences and alliances from outside the valley. A small and tough community created the conditions for a better life, including work around architectural renovation, providing services to the inhabitants, developing cultural projects, and taking care of the deployment of renewable energy, agriculture and forest management.
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