The outcome of this course is an up to date image of the habitability of a small island: facts, strong and weak aspects, perceived and possible perspectives. How can this image and knowledge be used to find common grounds for vital development?
Many small island communities in Europe arestruggling to be livable and sustainable. Almost all have a declining population. At the same time, there is a shortage of affordable housing for year-round use, since most houses are sold for part-time living. The low-lying islands are also among the first to suffer from an unpredictable climate and a rising sea level.
The islanders in Kökar defined their habitability by 40 indicators arranged in seven areas. Inspired by MEP Tonino Picula, they especially developed the energy area and are, thanks to funding and their solid and innovative habitability framework, turning their island fossil free.
Several new courses and projects on habitability are being planned….