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dc.contributor.authorArco Bravo, Isabel del
dc.contributor.authorRamos Pla, Anabel
dc.contributor.authorZsembinszki, Gabriel
dc.contributor.authorGracia Cuesta, Alvaro de
dc.contributor.authorCabeza, Luisa F.
dc.description.abstractRural depopulation is a worldwide fact and has a domino effect on medium and small cities, which act as a nucleus of reference for small towns. Moreover, the United Nations (UN) stressed that disparities between rural and urban areas are pronounced and still growing over time. Globally, people in rural areas lack access to modern energy services, which affects productivity, educational and health services, exacerbating poverty, among other things. Given this reality, the following research questions arise: how can we act to reverse this reality? Are there examples of transformation in rural contexts where community empowerment is a key strategy? This paper aims at describing the transformation process of a small rural municipality towards a sustainable development, in parallel to the activation of the local productivity that helps to eliminate the effects of rural depopulation. Therefore, the project ALMIA was established as an example of a sustainable village that is Almatret (Catalonia-Spain). The backbone of such project is the commitment to community impowerment, where the main results are the generation of networks with experts and researchers to help the municipality's energy transition, the involvement of the local administration, the commitment to technological development, as well as the socio-community development. Moreover, the activities developed within the project ALMIA are aligned with the UNs Sustainable Development Goals, alignment that is analyzed in detail. Thus, this paper aims to further highlight existing sustainable development practices related to community empowerment in order to promote similar practices.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 768824 and under the grant agreement No 723596. This work is partially supported by ICREA under the ICREA Academia programme. The authors would like to thank the Catalan Government for the quality accreditation given to their research group (2017 SGR 1537). GREiA is certified agent TECNIO in the category of technology developers from the Government of Catalonia. The authors would like to thank the Almatret municipality for their involvement in this challenging project.
dc.relation.ispartofSustainability, 2021, vol. 13, p. 12946-1-12946-13
dc.rightscc-by (c) Isabel del Arco Bravo et al., 2021
dc.subjectCommunity empowerment
dc.subjectEnergy transition
dc.subjectRural depopulation
dc.subjectSustainable development
dc.subjectSustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
dc.titleImplementing SDGs to a Sustainable Rural Village Development from Community Empowerment: Linking Energy, Education, Innovation, and Research
dc.relation.projectIDinfo:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020/723596/EU/Innova MicroSolar

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