About the Living Lab
In Aragon, the Living Lab will look at how technology can help to increase the attractiveness of the territory, boosting local economy and finding solutions to identified challenges, while preserving the natural resources and environment of the rural regions of Maestrazgo and Gúdar-Javalambre.
The two regions are located in the southeast of Aragon and both present depopulation, ageing population and masculinisation, they are dispersed areas, located at high altitude, with hard climate conditions and a complex landscape that prevents the improvement of infrastructures (physical and digital).
The area is rich in natural resources, cultural and monumental heritage, offering a large variety of touristic attractions essential for a tourism-based economy. The territory is well known for black truffle, having the largest production in Europe, and for pig breeding (mainly for Teruel PDO ham), together with the traditional industry derived from these products.
Living Lab coordinator: SARGA
- Determine how new technologies can help enhance the global attractiveness of the territory.
- Explore how digitalisation can help to juggle the different uses of the territory in a satisfactory way for all sectors (tourism, agriculture, forestry, environment, etc.).
- Think about how new technologies can contribute to fight against the continuous depopulation of the area.
- Find out how digitalisation can make up for the shortage of services in these rural areas.
- Reflect on how to address digitalisation in areas that lack broadband coverage.
Regional Public Authority: Aragon’s government
Local public authority: Municipalities in the region; ADEMA; AGUJA, LAG AGUJAMA
Business sector: Asociación de empresarios
Local citizens, companies: various
Policy brief: A key decade in terms of digitalisation for the Maestrazgo and Gúdar-Javalambre rural areas
National Policy Analysis: Spain
Practice Abstract: Maestrazgo and Gúdar-Javalambre Digilab