Local endogenous development
and urban regeneration of small alpine towns


WP8 Rhône-Alpes

Engineering assistance for little towns

Case-project abstract

Based on a development project for integrate in sustainable environment

Reasons for the choice of this case-project

Much project of development are not in proceeding sustainable (economic, social, environment, participation of population)

Adopted methodology

Call of candidatures at some 200 little towns in mountains (return 8/12/04): rural pole, service pole, proximity pole (definition insee france)

Are follow-up activities foreseen ?


Expected benefits (local and regional levels)

Helps the little towns in sustainable environment

WP8: Cooperation Among Towns

Expected value added (other than financial) from the participation to an INTERREG project

The accumulation of precious experience of technical assistance

Output indicators

Development of equipment, services, activities: all tools of technical assistance

Impact indicators

Participation of civil society, networking, exchange of experiences

Name of the town/s concerned

Names after selected candidature around 20 little towns

Demographic, social and economic situation of the town/s concerned and specifically identified problems

Most of the territory is surrounded by medium-sized towns and cities, forming a particularly dynamic economic network with communication routes that enable rapid internal and external links

Role of the mountain resource within the local development chances of the town/s concerned (positive or negative)

The urban environment is balanced by exceptional natural spaces, which make a huge contribution to the living space . Altogether, Rhône-Alpes has six Regional Nature Parks, which represent half of the natural spaces in France. In addition there are two National Parks and thirty nature reserves

Expected contribution of the foreseen actions towards the development of the town/s concerned

Participation technicians and elected member in the proceeding

Who is the responsible for the concrete development of the project?

Piloting group: university, Insee, association of development, directions state and region...

How are activities sub-contracted? ? (if it is the case)

Call candidature

Beside the partner, which administrative authorities are involved in the project? How?

Major of towns, of community of communes and other association (communes, community of communes...)

Who are the main local/regional project actors?

Political actors

Are there important actors who are not integrated or are opposing the project ?

Analysis after call candidate

The case is isolated or integrated within a broader frame/ programme of activities? How? How are these activities being financed?

Half year 2005

Financed by region

Timetable for the project development (July 2004 - May 2006)

Call candidature in November O4, return December
Beginning 2005: piloting group and after meeting with little towns candidate
First half year : writing experiences in web site
End 2005: meeting with little towns candidate
Final conference in Piedmont: delegate major of little towns

Are experts (non SSC) involved into the case and research activities undertaken for the case? What is their role?

Yes more experts.

Engineering assistance: one at tree days by little towns