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
Sweden: Integration of young migrants through nature and outdoor learning
'Rural Newcomers' is a project to help young migrants integrate into Swedish society and the labour market. Over the last 7 years, the initiative has shown that learning about nature and rural areas is key for facilitating the integration of young migrants. MORE
Latvia: using 100% natural materials for construction and renovation
EAFRD support was used to introduce innovative technologies for using 100% natural materials such as hemp in construction and renovation. The material secures an outstanding indoor micro-climate, an excellent temperature stability as well as an anti-allergenic environment. MORE
Ireland: taking advantage of digital opportunities in rural Ireland
A digital facilitator was employed to provide various types of social media and internet training in order to improve local digital skills and enable businesses, organisations and individuals to take better advantage of digital opportunities.
This created new connections, new business opportunities and also created and promoted online networking possibilities aimed at all sectors of the local community. MORE
Luxembourg: supporting viticulture on steep slopes and terraces
In many areas of Luxembourg, winemaking is carried out on hills and steep terraces with slopes greater than 30%. With EAFRD support, a reduction in the use of synthetic products, herbicides and insecticides was enabled, even in such difficult terrain. MORE
UK: Farm Yard Ales Microbrewery
EU funds can help to turn passion into a professional business! Support from the rural development programme enabled an entrepreneur to upgrade his ales brewing business through installation of a brew plant and the purchase of casks in which to store and distribute the product. MORE
Denmark: Unique, high-quality spirits produced from potatoes that are not of marketable quality.
With LEADER support a resource-efficient micro company was established in order tο exploit the waste/by-products of the local potato production industry. The company only use potatoes that are not of marketable quality; which would otherwise end up as feed or compost. They refine these potatoes, through fermentation, into unique, high-quality vodka and brandy. MORE
Ljubljana: A training programme on work safety for non professional forest users
After a series of ice-break damage, the number of fatal accidents among small-scale private forest owners has increased. It was therefore necessary to address the need to improve skills of non-professional workers to perform forestry operations safely. Training courses were organized and work safety in forests for non-professional workers was increased significantly. MORE
Nature and outdoor tourism – cooperation and networking for local businesses
The Swedish area of Skaraborg wants take advantage of the enormous potential of nature and outdoor tourism, fostering cooperation and networking among the local actors is essential.
Along with LAG’s, the Leader Skaraborg wants to develop outdoor tourism in the area by helping entrepreneurs and other actors to cooperate and create new products. This is done by organising networking and educational meetings, and by offering help on developing new products and packaging for already existing tourism products. MORE
Smart Village competition in Finland - villages look to the future and develop smart services
Finland's Smartest Village competition is looking for villages that develop their services in the fields of healthcare, education, energy, mobility, locally produced food, retail sale, hobbies and culture in the most active and smart way.
Smart Villages is a European Union-wide theme and the competition will show how services in villages can be improved and innovation and cooperation be increased. MORE