Project Details

DeCoDe: Challenges of Regional Centres: Depopulation Control, Development

Short Description and Goal

The project aims to create an international, sustainable network of European cities, which are regional centres in their countries, in order to share experiences on depopulation and return migration processes and their impact. This project was organized within the framework of the European Union program “Europe for Citizens”.

Detailed Description

Project “Challenges of regional centers: depopulation control, development – best practices”which was organized within the framework of the “Europe for Citizens” program, facilitated the international exchange of experiences in the context of depopulation between regional centers in Europe to enable them to return migration processes and their impact. During this project the involved cities collaborated internationally and compiled proposals for depopulation control, which then could be used and integrated by the cities in their planning documents. The cooperation between these regional centers within the framework of this project was designed to share problems, ideas for the future and good practices to maintain or even increase the population in the participating cities. This process promoted the cultural identities, traditions, historical heritage and economic activities of cities at European level. In total, within the framework of this project five international meetings were held with participating cities, in which the depopulation prevention questions were discussed.

Goals of the project

Goals of the project “Challenges of regional centers: depopulation control, development – best practices” (DeCoDe) are as follows:3

  • Establish a network of regional centers affected by depopulation to promote the exchange of good practices between cities and develop a depopulation control action plan for the participating cities to strengthen local economic structure and raise citizens’ awareness regarding mobility in European cities;
  • Create and strengthen the relationship between European cities;
  • Promote the European citizenship;
  • Enhance and expand knowledge about depopulation process in European largest cities, regional centers and local municipalities;
  • Popularize the participating cities, make them vivid with the exchange of information, tourism materials, presentations, traditions and cultural heritage;
  • Make the citizens of involved cities appreciate the place where they live;
  • Develop the participating cities to make them attractive and suitable for the needs of modern citizens;
  • Organize international meetings and conferences on prevention measures of depopulation.

The project finished on December 2019.

Source: Posted by Fulvio Grassadonio at https://epale.ec.europa.eu/en/resource-centre/content/decode-challenges-regional-centres-depopulation-control-development-projects under Creative Commons license

 

Initiated by

  • DAUGAVPILS CITY COUNCIL
  • KAUNAS CITY MUNICIPALITY
  • LODZKIE REGION
  • CITY ADMINISTRATION OF MAGDEBURG
  • CEIPES (CENTRO INTERNAZIONALE PER LA PROMOZIONE DELL’EDUCAZIONE E LO SVILUPPO)
  • MUNICIPALITY OF VEJLE
  • ADIMAN (ASOCIACION PARA DESARROLLO INTEGRAL DE LA MANCHELA CONQUENSE)
  • ACTA CENTER (ASOCIATIA CENTRUL EUROPEAN PENTRU INTEGRARE SOCIOPROFESIONALA)

Initiators are

• Public institution

Funded by

• Municipality
• Federal or State Funds

Project Website(s)

Social Media Link(s)

  • https://www.facebook.com/Decode-Europe-for-Citizens-Project-212822736205521/

Additional Media & Attachments / Credits

    Cover picture: unsplash.com

    Participating Cities

    • Daugavpils
    • Kaunas
    • Magdeburg
    • Palermo
    • Oradea
    • Vejle
    • Casasimarro

    Project Topics

    • Agriculture
    • Rural Development
    Civil Society
    Environment, Climate & Energy
    Governance
    Sustainable development
    Public Services & Administration
    Health Care
    Urban Development
    Inclusion & Welfare

    Level / Project Complexity

    High

    Resources This Project Needed

    The project « Challenges of Regional Centres: Depopulation Control, Development – best practices » was funded with the support of the European Union under the Programme “Europe for Citizens” Project No. 595269-CITIZ-1-2017-2-LV-CITIZ-NT

    The project consisted of 11 events in different cities and involved directly 294 citizens with a total of 36% of invited participants in the project events.

    Learnings

    Description of 11 events held throughout the project can be found here:
    https://ceipes.org/wp-content/uploads/Final-Results_DeCoDe_template_EN-1.pdf

    Participating Countries

    • Latvia
    • Lithuania
    • Poland
    • Germany
    • Romania
    • Italy
    • Denmark
    • Spain

    Project Region(s)

    • Europe

    Sizes of Participating Cities

    • 1.000 - 5.000
    • 5.000 - 20.000
    • 20.000 - 100.000
    • 100.000 - 500.000
    • 500.000 - 1,5 Mio