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The INTERREG project ADAPT2DC deals with sustainable infrastructures in the face of demographic shrinkage.

Transnational guidebook on pilot action implementation

The transnational guidebook on pilot action implementation is now available on the project website. It developed a set of transnational guidelines for the implementation of regional measures of demographic adaptation. The Guidebook uses the experience that the partners of the ADAPT2DC consortium gained from the implementation of pilot actions to provide other regional authorities with policy suggestions for the restructuring of public services and infrastructures in contexts affected by demographic shrinkage and/or aging.
On the one hand, the assessment of the ADAPT2DC pilot actions led to the identification of some main difficulties in the implementation of small‐scale pilot actions (for instance relating to the precise measurement of the direct and indirect costs of the chosen policy options).  On the other hand, the experience of the ADAPT2DC project allows for the identification of a list of policy suggestions for pilot action implementation. These range from “an active and early involvement of the regional stakeholders“ to „multi‐level analyses of the local contexts“.

Status of pilot actions
In spring 2014, most pilot actions of ADAPT2DC are reaching the finish line. 
In Małopolska (PL), the testing phase of telemedical units has been finished, 100 patients have benefitted from the test. What remains to be done is an exact quantification of the impact in terms of costs (direct but also long-term such as prevention of diseases).
In Észak-Alföld (HU) a study for the most efficient distribution of childcare nurseries was finalized. The study analyzes 3 models of childcare institutions and gives recommendations as to which model is most suited for which type of region. The ultimate goal is to increase the number of childcare institutes and thus enable women to return to the labor market.
In Usti (CZ), energy audits and usability studies have been performed for 3 public buildings which are currently unused or underused. The goal is to decrease public spending on maintenance costs of public buildings.
In Ostana (IT), the multi-service centre was opened. Now the municipality can offer more services than before. In a few years the investment costs will be amortized.   
In the Saale-Orla-Kreis (DE) the demography coach is working on different measures, one of them a “KombiBus” System which means that passenger transport and goods transport shall be combined in the region to make public transport more efficient.
In Oberfranken-Ost (DE) the demography coach is working on three specific measures, one of which a vacancy cadaster in a small town. The cadaster is established with the help of students in a geographical mapping course. It will help local administrators to manage the vacant buildings of the town more efficiently.   
In Maribor (SI) the spatial analysis of public housing and roads in the city centre gave quantitative estimation of the possible costs savings for public administration. The methodology included also preparation of general savings measures in management, maintenance and operations of public infrastructure.

Upcoming conference

From 20th to 22nd May 2014, the project organizes a “transnational study tour” in Hungary. The experiences from the pilot actions will be presented in detail as well as scientific findings and policy recommendations. The course will be held in English language and is open to all interested audiences (regional decision makers or administrators, scientific audiences, infrastructure providers). Participation is free.  For more information, please contact

Thuringian Ministry for Building, Regional Development and Infrastructure
Germany, 99096 Erfurt, Werner-Seelenbinder Str. 8
Contact Person:
Klaus Bongartz