Ostana

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.

Country

Italy

Type

mountains

Degree of urbanization

rural

population of 89

Village Solutions

PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURES AND CULTURE

Social inclusion of asylum seekers

During the heavy migratory crisis, worsening in the years 2015-2016, a considerable number of refugees and migrants arrived in Italy. One of the answers to this phenomenon was the development of a widespread reception of asylum seekers, in order to avoid the overcrowding of foreigners in reception centers of big towns. Ostana’s Municipality spontaneously proposed to set up a CAS (Centro di Accoglienza Straordinaria / Centre for Emergency Reception) and manage it directly. The project aimed at welcoming the asylum seekers in the community, providing them with Italian language courses, cultural mediation, legal protection, professional empowerment, integration in the Italian society

Living

Collective and sustainable forest management

In the past years Ostana has been involved in different projects regarding collective and sustainable forest management and local wood supply chain valorisation. The projects, funded through different regional and European calls (Rural development plan, Life Climate Action) or managed on a voluntary basis, aim at launching a new model of forest management capable of including social, climatic and economic objectives and needs

Environment

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