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April 2014 - October 2014

POLY5 project had a basic question: “Can a major transport infrastructure become a local development opportunity for Alpine areas”? 

To answer, POLY5 shared among the partnership a cognitive framework to understand how large scale infrastructures impact on fragile territories, has built a series of tools to transform impacts in opportunities and tested them at local level through 9 pilot actions ranging from solutions on sustainable mobility, to support measures for construction sites. And, in the end, the answer has been “yes, but under certain conditions”, which were listed in an Open Letter, addressed to EU institutions and national governments, to ask for support so that major transport infrastructure can really be integrated and trigger local development, promoting a policy change towards a European territorial development strategy enabling local and regional decision-makers to refer to the European dimension and to have communicable perspective at their level of intervention.

All 9 pilot actions have been finalized and 6 local round tables organized to evaluate their effectiveness, according to the relevant phase of the infrastructure life cycle. Where  the infrastructure is in its planning phase, and thus the affected regions need to prepare to the new transport system, sustainable mobility solutions were proposed also through ICT tools, as well as solutions to mitigate environmental impacts of major works or the spatial planning of logistic nodes. Where the infrastructure is in its building phase and construction sites operative, partners focused on actions related to local economy support, accommodation of workers and exploitation of excavated material. Project results have been analyzed in terms of transferability, both at local and transnational level, and resumed into an Open Letter which is both a policy recommendation and the basis around which partners agree to carry on the cooperation around this topics in the future.

POLY5 is now closed but the partnership will be working together to put into action the Open Letter indications, either through bilateral cooperation among some partners or by enlarging the cooperation and preparing new project proposals. The project results will be monitored and capitalized by partners and will be open to public discussion and suggestions.