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AD HOC EXPERT GROUP FOR THE PREPARATION OF THE REPORT ON THE STATE OF THE ALPS ON DEMOGRAPHICAL CHANGES
Presidency: Italy

 
As stated in the Declaration on Population and Culture of the Alpine Convention, socio-economic and cultural aspects are considered by the Alpine states to be central for the implementation of an integrated policy ensuring the protection and sustainable development of the Alps. The Alpine States therefore committed themselves to preserve and promote cultural diversity in the Alps as well as to focus on the needs, wishes and opinions of the people who live in the Alpine area.
 
1. What is the Ad hoc expert group on Demographic changes?   

The ad hoc expert group was formed by the ministers at the XII. Alpine Conference in 2012 with a mandate to prepare the fifth Report on the State of the Alps focusing on demographic changes.   
 
The expert group will continue the work started by the Working Group Demography and Employment set up by the X. Alpine Conference in 2009, which already prepared an overview of demographic framework of the Alps. This Report will serve as a starting point for the work of the ad hoc expert group and provide a basic for more specific research studies and/or activities. For the preparation of the Report on the State of the Alps good practices will be collected in order to prepare guidance for policy-makers.   
 
This ad hoc expert working group includes representatives from the Contracting Parties and Observers,experts in these fields of science, and other stakeholders.
 
List of members

2. Objectives 

The main objective of the ad hoc expert group is to prepare the fifth Report on the State of the Alps by the XIII. Alpine Conference. The main objectives of the Report are:

  • collection of good practices, selected on the basis of specific criteria;
  • to provide guidance to policy-makers regarding the use of best practices and their transferability
  • cast light on and analyse the changes in the population structure and composition with a particular focus on “new mountain inhabitants”, their needs and possible contributions to local communities;
  • observe employment dynamics, including various kinds of commuting flows (cross-border, between rural and urban areas, etc.);
  • consider the roles of different levels of education and training and their effects on society;
  • recognise the strengths and weaknesses in the various areas and chart them.

3. Activities, documents, results

4. Links and Additional Information

 


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