Travelling through Greece’s mountain villages, one can get the impression that time moves differently and more slowly. Indeed, despite the progress that has been achieved and the many social, political, and economic changes, which have influenced the world in the last decade, this impression remains acute.
The peace and quiet, which formerly contributed to the economic and social liveliness of the mountain villages in Greece, today pose obstacles to the efforts made for their development.
These feelings, though they cannot be interpreted in any way, are present and
have a crucial meaning for the future of the mountain villages of Greece. Consequently,
the planners of development projects must recognise that incorporating the mountains
in new economic and social trends will imply the availability of diverse types
of qualitative data and an ability to understand the requirements for concrete
proposals for the mountains’ sustainable development. Positive results will require
the consideration of political, social and cultural criteria, which differ considerably
from simple economic criteria.
A quick review of history shows that the mountains are the foundation not only
for the Greek people but also for the existence of the Greek nation through difficult
periods. Indeed, the concept of ‘mountain-refuge’ nowhere had such a meaning
and application as in Greece.
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