Province of Limburg, NL
As a decentralised government in the South of the Netherlands, the province of Limburg is the first region in the Netherlands, which has to cope with declining numbers of inhabitants. Shrinking effects in our region are problems like the closure of primary schools, the appearence of empty houses because people cannot sell their houses anymore, the shrinking of for instance sporting clubs and other social institutions or initiatives. Benefits from the DART network are very useful for the province of Limburg since there are other European regions which are facing demographic problems in a much larger scale. The province of Limburg will also be able to contribute experiences and ideas in the areas of the restructuring of public infrastructures, cross border health issues, examples from the creative industry in relation to elderly and by involving a large number of external partners, also form Germany and Belgium in the network. Also we have a national actionplan for demographic change which we can share with other partners.
In Parkstad, a specific part of the Province of Limburg, one is working on the concept of a life cycle proof neighbourhood. This means that a neighbourhood is created in which people can live from cradle to grave. The houses should be built in a way that they can be easily changed to new needs, which arise with a certain age. This has also to do with the use of new techniques to create a house or building which is relatively easy to change when needs of the users change.In total the province of Limburg has a systematic approach in planning for decline in the short and in the long term, aiming on a new balance in quality of life with less inhabitants.
../fileadmin/OrdnerRedakteure/0103_Achievements/good_practices/regional_brochures/DART_good_practices.pdf Find inspiring projects from all over Europe, that cushion the effets of demographic change and declining regions. This brochure is especially made for the Region of Limburg or similar regions. It is available in dutch.