The coordinator of the Southern Sparsely Populated Areas network has participated as a speaker in a Conference held in Évora (Portugal) on the link between basic services and population density in which responses were sought to improve the siuation taking into account its cost and technological advances.

The Southern Sparsely Populated Areas network has made its contributions on European territorial development to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in an event in the Portuguese city of Évora.

Thus, the SSPA coordinator, Sara Bianchi, has participated in a Conference organized by the OECD in which the cost of providing basic services such as education, health and services to the elderly was linked to population density, focusing on political responses to national, regional and local level to improve the provision of these services, taking into account cost generators and technological advances.

In this way, the Southern Sparsely Populated Areas network is confirmed as a qualified agent and sees its work recognized internationally by collaborating with the OECD, which is an international cooperation agency to coordinate its economic and social policies.

Sara Bianchi said that “it is not easy to stand out in such a large context and with so many actors, so this recognition is more important. We are sure that our proposals are necessary to address the problem that affects the depopulated territories of Europe and see how international agents recognize them as valid confirms that we are working in the right direction”.

In addition, they point out that the network itself is an example of collaboration of different agents such as business organizations (CEOE CEPYME Cuenca, CEOE Teruel and FOES) and local action groups, with the support of the credit unions of these territories (Globalcaja, Caja Rural de Teruel and Caja Rural de Soria) and some public administrations.

Strategy

The SSPA emphasizes that some aspects of its strategy are penetrating outside of our country, such as seeking to attend basic services through new technologies or completing internet technology in depopulated populations, so that its coverage is comparable to that of large cities and therefore they can compete in a global market like the one we are in.

On the other hand, SSPA asks to adapt the legislation to the reality of the territory, so that the laws do not negatively affect the depopulated areas and prioritize those provinces with more inhabitants. They also consider vital incentives to diversify the economy, involve the population of these territories and give it an active role and encourage collaboration between different levels of public institutions.