The first ENRD Seminar on 'Stakeholder Involvement' brought together 137 participants from 26 Member States to discuss effective stakeholder involvement in rural development. The aim of the event was to share experiences and enhance the capacity of networking as a tool for increasing stakeholder involvement.
Participants included over 60 ‘grassroot’ stakeholders involved in agriculture, forestry, sustainable management of natural resources and territorial development. They engaged directly with representatives of European stakeholder organisations, Managing Authorities, Network Support Units, DG AGRI and other EU institutions.
The Seminar is part of an ‘integrated work package’ managed by the ENRD Contact Point on stakeholder involvement. This covers a range of ENRD activities including meetings of a Thematic Group, an 'ENRD Rural Review' on Stakeholder Involvement, and preparatory workshops within the 1st Rural Networks Assembly and the 1st NRN meeting.
Please note that an ENRD LinkedIn Group on Stakeholder Involvement in European Rural Development has also been set up, where interested stakeholders can continue their exchange on the topic.
The main purpose of the morning workshops was to present and discuss stakeholder involvement practices and examples at the local planning and project levels in three main thematic areas.
The main purpose of the afternoon workshops was to identify available networking tools and methods for improving stakeholders involvement in rural development policy formulation and implementation.