PROBLEM: Climate crisis, Low population and Economic downturn
Europe’s mountain regions have contributed to shaping not only Europe’s history, society and economy, but also its climate and environment. Now under threat from issues concerning low population density, difficulty of access, economic and ecological vulnerability, there is distinctive NEED for a new approach to the environmental preservation, economic regeneration and sustainable development of mountain regions. PEAK – New Heights for Youth Entrepreneurship is a new approach which places young people at the heart of the process.
For centuries, young people have out-migrated from Europe’s remote, high-altitude regions, a process that resulted in brain drain and the consequent social and economic destabilization of mountain communities. Mountains occupy 41.3% of European territory and are home to 25.4% of Europe’s people and millions of Europeans depend on mountain resources (i.e. fresh water, energy, minerals, forests) for their living so the NEED to promote their safeguarding and sustainable development is strong.