Mountain regions: between depopulation and overcrowding

DIPLOCAT organizes a digital talk on the challenges and the sustainability of mountain areas next Thursday 6 May

The phenomenon of rural depopulation is one of the main challenges facing developed countries today. If we look at cartographic data, depopulation occurs especially in those territories that are considered mountainous areas, which can then receive avalanches of visitors on holidays or during the ski season. Paradoxically, covid-19 may be part of the solution to this problem. The accelerated implementation of telework and the rethinking of certain ways of life seems to be causing a slow but steady flow of people moving from urban to less populated areas.

This will be one of the perspectives in DIPLOCAT's next digital talk, which will take placeon Thursday 6 May at 11am, entitled "Challenges for mountain regions in Europe: from depopulation to sustainability". The debate will focus on three geographical areas within Europe that stand out for their recent performances: the Aran Valley in Catalonia, the alpine cantons of Switzerland and the region of Occitania in France. The Catalan Government Delegations to Switzerland and France, as well as the Aran Council, collaborate in the event's organization .

The speakers who will take part in the debate are the following:

     - Fadri Ramming, Secretary General of the Government Conference of the Alpine Cantons of Switzerland, which is made up of 12 institutional representatives from 8 mountain cantons.

     - Thierry Rebuffat, adviser to the Cabinet of the President of the French region Occitania / Pyrenees Mediterranean, responsible for land, mountain and rural management.

     - Maria Vergès, president of the Aran local government.

The general secretary of DIPLOCAT, Laura Foraster, will welcome the spectators, and the director of the magazine Viure als pirineus (Living in the Pyrenees), Marcel·lí Pascual, will be the moderator. Catalan, Aranese, French and German will be used in the debate, and there will be simultaneous translation.