Vol. 9 (2021): La nuova centralità della montagna / The new centrality of mountains
In the background

Politiche per la centralità della montagna

Fiorenzo Ferlaino
IRES Piemonte, Turin
Vista dal basso di una foresta montana durante il ‘foliage’; fonte: pxhere. com, CC0 1.0 Universal license
Published February 11, 2021
  • 'inland areas',
  • less favoured areas,
  • mountain centrality,
  • climate change,
  • localization factors
How to Cite
Ferlaino, F. (2021). Politiche per la centralità della montagna. Scienze Del Territorio, 9. https://doi.org/10.13128/sdt-12584


The article briefly traces back the development of policies dedicated to the mountain regions of Italy from the post-war era to the present day, browsing from ‘depressed territories’, to ‘disadvantaged areas’ and ‘mountain communities’, up to the recent Inland Areas National Strategy. The underlying idea is that such place-based policies are ineffective if not supported by a great labour reform, a regeneration of boroughs and a reuse of abandoned woods apt to redirect towards the mountains most of the (public and private) operators active via teleworking or smart working. All these policies should be built, programmed, planned to prevent ‘spontaneous development’ logics from destroying (as already happened in coastal areas) the mountains landscape and resources. In other words, we should avoid that the new centrality of mountains forced by climate change (and by the rising concern of new pandemics) may generate new phenomena such as uncontrolled growth or deterritorialisation which can undermine the path towards sustainability.


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