Developing joint solutions for basic public services amid demographic change was the objective of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region project. The results of 12 subprojects were presented Monday (September 26th) in Hamburg on how to maintain the quality of life as the population decreases and grows older.
Grants of EUR 1.2 million
Doctors, hospitals and carers of the elderly, supermarkets, busses and railways, schools and nursery schools all manifest public general interest care. However, the population is shrinking and ageing and reaching critical, encumbersome levels for institutions in some places. The 12 subprojects developed strategies, concrete approaches and solutions for maintaining the quality of life in a region. And since 2013, they have received EUR 1.2 million in funds from the Hamburg Metropolitan Region.
Support for commuters, children and the elderly
Various approaches have been adopted in Dithmarschen, Herzogtum Lauenburg, Pinneberg, Segeberg, Steinburg, Stormarn and in the districts of Cuxhaven, Ludwigslust-Parchim, Nordwestmecklenburg, Amelinghausen, Nordkehdingen and Buchholz. A bike-bus station has been set up for commuters in Cuxhaven. Since 2015, the “Steinburger Holiday Compass” has been informing parents and firms about care facilities for children during the holidays. An education and family centre is being built in Nordkehdingen while a barrier-free residential area is being planned in Amelinghausen.
Speaking during the closing presentation in Hamburg, Rolf Christiansen, a county commissioner in the responsible Ludwigslust-Parchim district, said: “Demographic change is a complex, multi-faceted challenge and can sometimes require unpopular decisions. Finding feasible solutions requires co-operation from many players, an intense involvement of the population and a rethink among us as all. This way, we will come a step further.”
The results of the projects were presented to politicians and expert members of the public later on Monday. Practical suggestions were made on how other communities in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region can tackle basic municipal services. The results can be found on metropolregion.hamburg.de/demographie-und-daseinsvorsorge/ and will be published in a brochure in November.
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