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FUTURAL Multi-Actor Pilots (MAPs)

BELGIUM: Westhoek (Flanders)

Citizen engagement and quality of life.
Climate adaptation and mitigation.

SPAIN: Durangaldea

Resilience to shocks.
Citizen engagement and quality of life.

AUSTRIA: Pongau

Circular Bioeconomy, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management.
Resilience to shocks.

LITHUANIA: Jonava

Circular Bioeconomy, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management.
Citizen engagement and quality of life.

ROMANIA: Birda

Climate adaptation and mitigation.
Lifelong education and training.

GREECE: Kythira

Lifelong education and training.
Citizen engagement and quality of life.

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BELGIUM: Westhoek (Flanders)

Citizen engagement and quality of life.
Climate adaptation and mitigation.

MAP leader: Province – West Vlaanderen
Region Type: Flat surface
Population: 220,000 in 18 municipalities

Current Challenges:
  1. Ageing population: 25% of population is over 60. Increased cost of remote health care, and the distance to social and health infrastructure are significant difficulties. Many older people reside in villages without public or commercial amenities and inadequate transport, limiting their access to social and health infrastructure and services.
  2. Water (quality, shortage): Westhoek relies heavily on water for agriculture and general consumption. There are two water utilities in the area. The Dikkebus and Zillebeke ponds and the Yser River are used for water extraction. Although high water quality is essential, erosion, salinisation, pesticides, phosphate and nitrogen have a negative impact on water quality.
How the FUTURAL Smart Solutions address these challenges

Citizen engagement and quality of life: An online platform for policy makers / stakeholders / agencies

Climate adaptation and mitigation: On line platform to deliver hydrological models of the area

SPAIN: Durangaldea

Resilience to shocks.
Citizen engagement and quality of life.

MAP leader: Asociación De Desarrollo Rural De  Durangaldea
Region Type: Mountain villages
Population: 95.202,00 in 13 municipalities

Current Challenges:
  1. Transport systems vulnerable to natural disasters: Risk of bridge collapse due to flooding, landslides, or lack of maintenance threatens the area’s transit network and residents’ well-being. Lack of information and access to early warning systems.
  2. Availability of services and mobility provision. Limited transport options in peripheral, rural and remote areas hinder access to basic services, jobs and social activities affecting citizen engagement and quality of life.
How the FUTURAL Smart Solutions address these challenges

Resilience to shocks: A crowdsensing platform – early warning system

Citizen engagement and quality of life: An online platform for policy makers / stakeholders / agencies

AUSTRIA: Pongau

Circular Bioeconomy, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management.
Resilience to shocks.

MAP leader: Regionalverband Pongau
Region Type: Hills, Mountains, Alpine 
Population: 81,194 in 25 municipalities

Current Challenges:
  1. Poor diversification of bio-derived products and production of waste: Agricultural production and wood processing lack innovation. Farms lack crop diversification. Classical food production, centralised and inefficient processing routes. Hotels don’t recycle food wastes. Burned biomass is thrown in landfills. 
  2. High dependence on tourism: Businesses and villages still rely on winter (ski) and summer tourists (hiking, cycling). During the rest of the year, many infrastructures are underutilised and employment is low. 
  3. Inefficient use of space: 16% of built-up area is used year-round. Remaining infrastructure (hotels, lifts, spa) used only during high tourist season. Due to underuse, this infrastructure requires regular maintenance. 
  4. Old buildings: In several villages, old imperial buildings are deteriorating and cannot be used. Renovations are required to make them attractive to investors.
How the FUTURAL Smart Solutions address these challenges

Circular Bioeconomy, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management: An online circular bioeconomy platform

Resilience to shocks: A crowdsensing platform – early warning system

LITHUANIA: Jonava

Circular Bioeconomy, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management.
Citizen engagement and quality of life.

MAP leader: Municipality of Jonava
Region Type: Flat surface 
Population: 30,000 in city

Current Challenges:
  1. Loss of crops due to local bison population: Native free-ranging bison destroy crops in Jonava, causing farmers significant losses. Bison damaged 500 hectares of crops and 75 hectares of land in 2015. Wild bison damage increased in 2016 and 2017. 
  2. Ageing population and lack of opportunities: Younger generations are leaving for better education and professional prospects. Lack of job opportunities for well-educated individuals, especially in technology, is a concern.
How the FUTURAL Smart Solutions address these challenges

Circular Bioeconomy, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management: Biodiversity score

Citizen engagement and quality of life: An online eGovernment
platform

ROMANIA: Birda

Climate adaptation and mitigation.
Lifelong education and training.

MAP leader:Birda Municipality
Region Type: Flat surface
Population: 2,105 in 4 villages

Current Challenges:
  1. Flooding: Three major settlements —Birda, Gataia, and Berecuta— all share access to water. Water is being discharged into the Barzava river through a conduit, which runs from Birda to Barzava. This canal constantly floods Gataia near Barzava during severe rains.
  2. Bad quality water supply: The water supply is from groundwater sources and its quality is not yet acceptable. Due to intense pig farming in the past, the quality of groundwater is very poor.
How the FUTURAL Smart Solutions address these challenges

Climate adaptation and mitigation: On line platform to deliver hydrological models of the area

Lifelong education and training: An online platform delivering open courses

GREECE: Kythira

Lifelong education and training.
Citizen engagement and quality of life.

MAP leader: KIPA
Region Type: Island
Population: 4,000 in 65 villages

Current Challenges:
  1. Youth leaving island: The number of young adults under 35 is declining and limited opportunities for young entrepreneurs contribute to slow growth. Locals lack education, skills development and training to broaden their interests and acquire modern skills.
  2. Lack of transport: Kythera is 7 hours by ferry from the port of Piraeus. Kythera’s airport primarily serves domestic flights due to short runways. The only public transportation available on the island is a touristic bus, which only runs during the tourist season.
How the FUTURAL Smart Solutions address these challenges

Lifelong education and training: An online platform delivering open courses

Citizen engagement and quality of life: An online eGovernment platform