The Meduna Valleys Community Project
The upper basin of the Meduna river (which includes the Silisia valley, our target territory) has a declining population, with an ever-higher average age. No industries or artisans, with sparse productive activities. The camping -the largest in the Friuli mountains-, the nursery and the primary school -albeit subject to recent energy requalification- have closed in 2019.
However, the arrival of new, young residents attracted by calmness and nature, the interest of external experts, and the success of some cultural initiatives have rekindled the interest of locals.
With Moreno Baccichet e Ivan, residents, local administrators, entrepreneurs, second-home owners, all gathered in informal co-design workshops. They’ve started by sharing their needs, experiences, and knowledge, with the ultimate goal to develop regenerative projects for places and communities.
The overall group decided to focus on the fundamental and complex theme of water. From the support to the local committees already engaged in the re-discussion of hydroelectric concessions, to the movement for the reopening of the camping (you can still help us by signing the petition), to the cultural and entrepreneurial ideas that emerged from individuals and groups during the workshops. At the moment, we are waiting to resume the working teams to explore the opportunities that emerged in the first year.
Legambiente -the most important environmentalist entity in Italy- has rewarded one of the municipalities involved in the project as one of the best Italian Alpine communities. Our work has been included among the prize reasons (link in Italian)
Project in progress