Ireland: Protecting native woodlands
A start-up enterprise in Ireland is providing a broad range of woodland conservation solutions such as containing forest diseases and combating the impact of invasive alien species. These services are considerably helping to preserve the countries’ cultural landscape and heritage, as well as maintaining the forest´s role in climate change mitigation. MORE
Finland: Young people come together to create a Youth Manifesto identifying actions for creating long-term living opportunities in rural areas.
The objective of this project was to bring together young people from around Europe to share knowledge and experiences of living in rural communities, to discover common themes and to work together to create more opportunities for young people in rural areas. MORE
Slovakia: Setting up a business incubator in an area suffering from high unemployment
In an area suffering from high unemployment a company decided to set up a business incubator that would contribute to economic development.
The incubator was designed to provide a series of services including information technologies, rooms for training events and business meetings, business administration support and consulting on broad legislation.
Today the incubator has become a meeting place for entrepreneurs from the region and already serves 16 small firms.
Portugal: Revitalizing a mountainous area by empowering local and regional actors
Despite its highly valued landscape and ecosystems, a mountainous area in Portugal is facing significant socioeconomic challenges, abandonment and depopulation.
The project aims to revitalise the area by empowering local and regional actors to work more effectively with rural communities.
It is expected to increase local actors’ knowledge about new opportunities on how to improve the living and working conditions in their area, according to modern expectations and standards. MORE
Germany: A land consolidation process helped to restore the functionality of vineyard terraces that would otherwise have been abandoned
Through a land consolidation process, local communities and authorities, land owners and farm managers worked closely together in order to redistribute ownership and public land.
This process has allowed to restore 15ha of vineyard terraces in a way that it ca be used again for viticulture and its value in terms of nature conservation as safeguarded. MORE
Italy: RDP funds supporting an agricultural business after damages from extreme weather events.
This project is demonstrating how Rural Development funds can be used for rebuilding a farm who´s buildings and crops were severely hit by extreme weather events. The company can now operate as it did before! MORE
Netherlands: The ‘Stable of the Future’ for the pig farming sector
This pilot project aims to develop the ‘stable of the future’, aiming to prevent ammonia emissions and to supporting the generation of sustainable energy directly from fresh manure. Such a stable will increase the farm’s profitability and become an example of modern circular agriculture. MORE
Spain: Pueblos Vivos – Living Villages
This interterritorial cooperation project is promoting the life in rural areas and aims to create the conditions for reversing the depopulation problem in the rural areas of Aragon.
For instance, actions to support the local population to remain in their territory as well as actions to improve the attractiveness of the areas involved, will be carried out.
As a pilot project, it will establish and test a methodology of work that supports the population in rural areas and attracts new settlers. MORE
Belgium: Supporting the social integration of people who suffer from mental health and/or social issues.
Through collective and individual activities on farms, the association ‘Nos Oignons’ helps patients to learn new things, build new relationships and gain self-confidence. The first results in the field are stunning! Many European regions could be inspired by this best practice project. MORE
France: A certification label for the sustainable management of hedgerows
The use of public support has proven vital for developing a certification label that ensures a sustainable management of biomass originating from hedgerows. This provides a new source of income for farmers while promoting the protection of hedgerows, which increases biodiversity, reduces the use of pesticides and reduces the risk of erosion. MORE