Ansó is the main village in the Ansó Valley which is part of the Western Valleys of the Pyrenees Natural Park in Spain. It is a peaceful area without much tourist development. The village has preserved well its traditional Pyrenean architecture and thanks to this has been declared a Place of Cultural Value/Interest.
Its 405 inhabitants have access to simple, but ample services, including a health clinic, banks, post office, pharmacy, grocers, butcher, bakers etc. The state school stands out as innovative.
Ansó has an extensive territory (251,83 km²) of great beauty and exceptional biodiversity which is a treasure for nature lovers and for mountain sports (bird watching, botany, hiking, mushrooming, climbing, mountain biking, canyoning, canoeing, cross country skiing, hunting and fishing).
The concern in our village about ever fewer inhabitants and the lack of housing for young people and newcomers has led us to start creating the best possible environment for teleworkers and new businesses.
We are working on creating housing for letting to residents, refurbishing municipal buildings for startups and teleworkers and we’re upgrading our internet connection. Additionally, we would like to run a media campaign to change people’s perception of what living in a village can be like, now that technology makes the dream of living and working close to nature a reality.
Village strategy :
Traditional Ansó costumes get digital
Ansó residents have been working to digitise their traditional local costumes during the months of April and May 2021, as part of the EU-funded project ‘STITCH’ (Safeguarding and Teaching Intangible Textile Cultural Heritage). Traditional Ansó costumes have been scanned in 3D, audio-visual documentaries and workshops with local artisans have been produced, which will at a later stage be used for online exhibitions.
The Erasmus+ project STITCH aims to provide design students from across Europe with a learning and inspiration tool, using as a basis the digitised versions of the three most ancient and best preserved traditional costumes across the continent, including those of Ansó, Albania and Hungary.
Ansó expands WiFi connectivity
Benefitting from the ‘WiFi4EU’ initiative, Ansó installed 11 free and open WiFi connection points in May 2021. This action is part of the objectives in Ansó’s strategy ‘to improve connectivity’ in order to ensure that the village becomes a place where residents can telework and start online businesses.
Ansó youth gets formal representation
The Ansó Local Council for Children and Adolescents was set up in the winter of 2021 by the local youth, supported by the school’s teachers and the City Council. This new body of the Ansó City Council will work to facilitate the active participation of youth in political decisions and social life.
The purpose of this action is to continue on the path of making Ansó a participative and active village for all!
Ansó Smart Rural 21 objectives
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