How can economically justifiable and ecologically sensible ways be found to provide services for the increasingly sparsely populated rural areas? Should the same standards of provision apply throughout Germany? Do exemption regulations for areas particularly affected by a declining population create new opportunities for development? Should the government ultimately demand an end to nationwide provision – at least in areas that cannot be sufficiently provided for in the long term?
These questions form the focus of a joint study conducted by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam and the Berlin Institute for Population and Development, which is entitled:
Mayer: Den ländlichen Raum nicht aufgeben