Depopulation of the Alps

Calanca - deserted villages in an alpine valley


Alp de la Bedoleta

Paré Dedent



Tec Paolin


Dapc di Fora


Alp de Tescolmen


La Motta d'As

Alp de Ganan




Over the past centuries many people have migrated out of the valleys on the southern side of the Alps in canton Graubünden. Farming has been abandoned, farming buildings have fallen into ruin and paths have reverted to nature.

The decline of agriculture and the farming way of life started very early in the Italian-speaking Calanca valley, and there are few others where the consequences are as dramatically evident, as can be seen in the photos taken by Oliver Gemperle over a period of six years. (Pictures: Oliver Gemperle)

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