European Projects

Germany: Treetop Trail for creating an active nature experience combined with educational elements.

The trail serves as a tourist attraction that enhances visitors´ experience of nature and the history of the area, combined with forest educational elements. The entire path is barrier-free and fits in with the surrounding environment. MORE

Spain: Network of co-working spaces in rural Catalonia

The cooperation project aims to boost the creation of employment and economic activity in rural areas, to attract young skilled professionals and to tackle outmigration. It has developed a methodology for setting up and supporting a network of co-working spaces and it advocates co-working among professional and local actors. MORE

Slovakia: Investing in preventive actions against forest fires to increase the forest owners competitiveness.

A 3.7km long forest fire road was reconstructed and of a new 8m high wooden forest fire lookout was built to improve the management and maintenance of an area of ca 1 500 ha of forest. These measures will especially facilitate the access for fire-fighting vehicles create overall better conditions for forestry.
In addition, the improved access to the forest will increase the forest owners’ competitiveness. A 5% increase of revenues is expected. MORE

Italy: Investing to sustain the local dairy supply chain

A dairy company in the Aveto valley felt that product diversification was the only way to guarantee greater revenues and therefore, the survival of the local cattle farming sector. The company used RDP support to build a new wing on its factory in order to increase its production capacity. This investment strengthened the local supply chains and helps prevent the abandonment of the farming activity in the area. In addition, 3 jobs were created by the investment. MORE

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

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