A. Dillinger, T. Dillinger, P. Hirschler, S. Zech:
"Can a major transport infrastructure become a local development opportunity for Alpine areas";
Report No. 1,
POLY5 was conceived since the beginning as a bridge between these two programming periods, as all partners were aware of the long processes needed to achieve POLY5 objectives.
Involving 10 partners and 10 observers coming from Italy, France, Austria, Slovenia, Germany and Switzerland, the main project objective is to enhance accessibility, connectivity and competitiveness of alpine territories interested by major transport infrastructure granting, at transnational level, a balanced and polycentric local development. This overall project objective is achieved through the implementation of local development models able to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the infrastructure in all phases of its lifecycle: design of the infrastructural project, implementation during its building, and management, once the infrastructure is functioning.
The project specifically aims at:
. increasing participation and the influence rate of local communities into the decision making processes (local empowerment);
. providing local administrators with easy to manage tools and information able to support their choices at territorial level;
. improving Alpine areas competitiveness through a tutoring of local SMEs (Small and Medium sized Enterprises) and a perspective sustainable management of major transport infrastructures, also in order to attract investors.
The project started from data collection to define a shared cognitive framework of the territorial resources, values and risks related to the major transport infrastructure impacting on the partnership area. Stemming from this first analysis, transnational solutions to common problems were provided, through the definition of specific tools for local polycentric development and the implementation of pilot actions to test them. The last step was the evaluation of the efficacy of the toolkit developed and its generalization and transfer to decision makers at European, National, Regional and local level.
In other words, the POLY5 project was specifically dedicated to the construction of a planning toolkit to deal, in Alpine areas, with the presence of major transport infrastructures and, in particular, with the realization of the Mediterranean Corridor (former Corridor 5).
To reach this goal, POLY5 developed 4 main activities:
1) Build and share a common knowledge base on the areas involved in the project and the problems they address when dealing with major transport infrastructure;
2) Build a toolkit for polycentric local development, made of single instruments (studies, workshops, analysis...) that together offer a comprehensive solution to common problems;
3) Test some of these tools at local level, through specific pilot actions;
4) Transfer project results at transnational level.
The project total budget was 1.996.161,00 Euro of which 1.517.076,00 was co-financed by
the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund).
The project lasted 38 months, from 1st September 2011 to 31st October 2014.
Electronic version of the publication:
Project Head Thomas Dillinger:
Polyzentrische Planungsmodelle für kommunale Entwicklung in Regionen die vom Korrdior 5 und dessen TEN-T Auswirkungen betroffen sind
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