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New Publication: Resilience in lagging regions

2023-03-29 11:47 by Sina Redlich, Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR)

One of the six Europe-wide pilot actions of the Territorial Agenda 2030 addresses perspectives for lagging regions. A new publication now shows approaches how rural areas can make use of the concept of resilience to strengthen their development.

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Concepts and approaches as to how the term resilience can be useful in the context of the development of structurally weak rural areas were discussed at the final partner meeting of the TA2030 pilot action “A future for Lagging Regions” on January 24th, 2023 and summarized in a publication “Resilience in Rural Areas”:

  • The resilience approach can open up new and flexible discussion paths about systemic development processes in regions, for example in connection with shrinkage and the maintenance of redundant infrastructure.
  • The resilience approach should not be reduced to responding to acute crises and external shocks. The concept also offers a starting point for transformation processes towards long-term challenges such as demographic decline.
  • The resilience approach can offer local actors a basis to act beyond “business as usual”. It provides a basis for changing roles and responsibilities in local communities, establishing new constellations of actors and adapting governance processes.

The Pilot Action will host a public final conference on 6 June 2023 online.

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