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Seminar serious gaming & the consequences of a shrinking population for local communities, 23 March 2011

During a seminar in the House of the Dutch Provinces (HNP) on the 23rd of March 2011 the English version of the serious game on policy responses to local population decline was demonstrated to a select number of participants. The seminar was jointly organized by the European Commission, the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and HNP. The serious game, which was developed by order of the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, was already a success in the Netherlands. An English version is available as from now. The game is interesting, because it gives participants an idea of ​​the complexity and coherence of decisions that different parties (e.g. provincial and municipal administrations and housing association) must take to monitor the population decline in order to find a new balance. The game shows that only a good cooperation between the parties involved can tackle the challenges.

Before the game a number of guest speakers gave their views on demographic change. MEP Lambert van Nistelrooij stressed the importance of a good guidance of demographic change and the various ways in which European policy already connects to it. Professor Wiechmann of the Technical University of Dortmund spoke about shrinking cities and ways to transform them into an attractive place to live for the remaining population. Assistant professor Kurowska of the University of Warsaw explained the demographic changes in Poland and the measures that are taken in relation therewith. William Segers of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, then did the same for the Dutch situation and approach.

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Find the presentations here:
- Dr. Anna Kurowska, University of Warsaw
- William Segers, Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations
- Prof. Dr. Thorsten Wiechmann, Technical University of Dortmund