Mirabella Imbaccari: between promotion of its culture and sustainable use of resources
The Local Action Plan of Mirabella Imbaccari wants to propose guidelines and strategies for development that allow a fair process of ecological, social and digital transition both for the territory and its community. There are two main objectives that the Plan wants to achieve: fight the population decrease of Mirabella Imbaccari and starting a stable and deep involvement of its population to design good practices and solutions for the development of the social tissue.
For this reason, it was decided to involve the population in identifying the priorities to be developed from the outset. In this regard, identifying and mapping all the possible stakeholders has been extremely important because made it possible to understand how best involve the community in order to bring out the real needs of all the actors in the area, each one with a specific outlook. The community was divided into three different groups: local associations, residents aged 11 and over and local businesses. A different questionnaire has been prepared for each group: for example, the one proposed to the associations and inhabitants follows the TSR methodology, a methodology for planning at the local level that involves social, economic and environmental dimensions. The one proposed to local businesses, on the other hand, focused on the analysis of some important aspects to start a process of social and environmental transition, including: propensity to digital innovation, propensity to energy sustainability and, finally, the development of networked strategies and solutions and circular economy models.
Sustainable tourism, renewable energy community, relamping for public lighting
The responses to the questionnaires were decisive to understanding how the Plan’s priorities could intercept and meet the needs of the area. According to the results of the TSR questionnaire, for example, the principles and values on which people express high agreement relate to freedoms of expression and propensity to openness of their community and discussion. Strong importance is also given to the development of cultural offers and policies that encourage greater environmental sustainability of the area. A willingness to become members of a renewable energy community (REC) as a strategy for energy self-production emerged strongly among local entrepreneurs.
It is therefore not surprising that the priorities in the Mirabella Imbaccari Local Action Plan concern the protection and promotion of local culture, the efficient and sustainable use of resources and the promotion of a healthy agri-food system characterized by sustainability. To these, the following best practices will correspond: development of sustainable forms of tourism, development of a renewable energy community, relamping for public lighting and development of a hub to design and spread local transformation processes.
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