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TOPICs of the YPAC 2017

 

GENERAL TOPIC: DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGES in the ALPS

SUBTOPICS (allocated to the four committees)

(Primary note: All subtopics should relate to the general issue of the demographic structure of Alpine areas)

  • C1: Attractiveness of Alpine regions
  • C2: Employment trends
  • C3: Refugees and integration
  • C4: Nature protection / Natura 2000 projects in the Alps

 

Committee 1: Attractiveness of Alpine regions

  • Pull-push factors
  • Migration patterns
  • Family friendly conditions
  • Youth-specific offers
  • and others …

Key Questions: ATTRACTIVENESS OF APLINE REGIONS: How can Alpine rural areas be turned into attractive places for living, working, starting a family, growing up? Should rural areas be supported through stately subsidies in order to reduce rural-to-urban migration? Should rural areas be more subsidised than towns/cities in order to encourage people to stay there?

 

C2: Employment trends

  • Jobs for young people / students in rural areas
  • Infrastructural improvements
  • Chances for start-ups
  • Suggesting nature-specific education programmes
  • and others …

Key Questions: EMPLOYMENT TRENDS: How can Alpine regions sustain and grow a highly educated workforce? Should we attract large industrial players (e.g. chemical, metallurgical, pharmaceutical, environmental engineering industries etc.) to Alpine regions in order to also attract and keep highly skilled workers? What are the possible environmental risks of attracting such companies? Should we support and expand tourism, an important employer in the Alps? How could this be harmful to nature?

 

C3: Refugees and integration

  • Application process for refugees
  • Housing possibilities
  • Education offers
  • Young people's contribution to a successful integration of refugees
  • and others …

Key Questions: REFUGEES AND INTEGRATION: How can the Alpine Regions benefit from the current high inflow of migrants to Europe and what are the best ways to integrate these new members of society into the Alpine community? Should we try to tackle the demographic imbalances in Alpine regions, due to rural-to-urban migration, through fostering the settlement of refugees in these areas? Could such measures revive these increasingly declining and underserved rural locations?

 

C4: Nature protection / Natura 2000 projects in the Alps

  • Economy versus ecology
  • Areas worth protecting
  • Overusing space through building projects
  • Suggesting concrete Alpine regions to be included in the Natura 2000 concept
  • and others …

 

Key Questions: What are the current pressing issues regarding climate change and nature protection in Alpine regions? What new stances on waste management, urban sprawl and environmentally friendly energies?

 

Resources for C4

Main paper: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/info/pubs/docs/brochures/nat2000_alpine.pdf (pdf download)

Others:

http://www.alparc.org/our-actions/biodiversity-ecological-connectivity/tools/natura-2000

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/natura2000/

https://www.tirol.gv.at/umwelt/naturschutz/natura2000-tirol/

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