International Symposium on small towns and depopulated areas in Salerno, Italy

An international debate on the regeneration and sustainable development of small towns in depopulated areas the “Small Towns Symposium 2022”, took place in Salerno the 17 and 18 June 2022. Within the framework of the Symposium, the International Charter for the recovery of depopulated areas was signed at the “Giuliani” Castle in Roccadaspide, with the participation of the authorities of the Campania region and several mayors of the area.

RehabiMed was present at the meeting and presented a paper focusing on the effects of the depopulation of the territory on the preservation of heritage. In this sense, they provided an overview of the problem of depopulation in the entire Mediterranean area where, with different characteristics and effects, manifests itself in very important way. A problem that the southern European countries try to correct with political and economic measures, but that in the countries of North Africa and the Middle East is evolving rapidly, without measures trying to alleviate the rural exodus to the big cities.

Author: Xavier Casanovas (RehabiMed)