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Since World War II its economy has shifted from agriculture to industry, mainly steel, services and trade.The Upper Valley has 12 909 inhabitants with 579 persons per km2 (ISTAT, 2001).Not only is it part of a national railway development plan, it is also one of the priority infrastructure projects of the European Union (EU), as the Turin–Lyon segment will form the intersection of two main axes connecting northern Europe to the south, west and east of the region.It is a key element of “Corridor n°5” on the west-east axis that will link Lisbon to Budapest initially and to Kiev eventually, completing the European railway network by developing passenger and goods transport.To boost the local economy, Susa Valley officials began to invest not only in industry and transport, but also in the development of the local territory, especially mountain tourism and skiing activities, as the area has a rich historical and cultural legacy of popular celebrations and a scenic protected area.These local development plans based on traditional activities (handicrafts, agriculture) and nature tourism were highly incompatible with the development of industrial and transport infrastructure that threatened to transform the Valley into a transit corridor.The Susa Valley, situated between Maurienne, France and Turin, Italy, has been urbanised by the economic development of the region.The area is scarred by infrastructure like the Frejus highway, an international railway, and numerous dams, tunnels and industries.
Such projects could be for example incinerators, quarries, and industrial, mobility, or energy infrastructures.
The use of the concept implies the necessity of such projects’ regardless of citizens’ opposition to their implementation in their own territory, or “backyard”.
This case study looks at the TAV conflict through the lenses of ecological economics and political ecology, drawing on both scientific sources and “activist knowledge”.
The train will pass through the Susa Valley, via various tunnels, the longest one extending over 50km, to connect St.
Jean-de-Maurienne (France) to Venaus (Italy), making it the main tunnel to cross the Alps.