UK: Scottish Rural Network – status up to 31/01/2020

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We  support and promote rural development in Scotland*. We collaborate with partners to highlight funding opportunities, showcase projects, encourage innovation and bring people and organisations together.

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Scottish Rural Network Support Unit, Scottish Government
B1 Spur, Saughton House
Broomhouse Drive
Edinburgh, Scotland
EH11 3XD
United Kingdom
Telephone number: 
0044 131 244 9326
Email address: 
Contact persons: 
Alan Robertson
(Network Manager)
Lorraine Lowrie
(Rural Network Officer)
Hannah Downey
(Communications and Content Officer)
Katharine Johnston
(Stakeholder Engagement and Business Officer)

NSU operation

The key purpose of the Scottish Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 is to help achieve sustainable economic growth in Scotland’s rural areas.
Objective 1 
increase the involvement of stakeholders in the implementation of rural development 
Objective 2 
improve the quality of implementation of the rural development programme 
Objective 3 
inform the broader public and potential beneficiaries on rural development policy and funding opportunities 
Objective 4 
foster innovation in agriculture, food production, forestry and rural areas

Who can join the network? 
There is no formal membership, the Network is open to all parties with an interest in rural development. The Network Support Unit has undertaken a stakeholder mapping process, which identified key internal and external stakeholders who they consult as part of our annual work programme planning cycle.

The NSU and the Managing Authority
The NSU is established within government department/ministry (but not in the MA or PA).
The Scottish NSU sits as a ring-fenced team within the Agriculture, Food and Rural Communities Directorate of Scottish Government. 
The Rural Development Programme Team within Scottish Government act as the MA.
The NSU has close links with MA who approve the SRN annual work programme. 
The NSU and the Managing Authority
The Rural Development Operational Committee (RDOC) reviews the progress of the SRDP and advises the Joint Programme Monitoring Committee (JPMC).
The JPMC monitors the overall strategic direction of the European Structural and Investment Funds. 
It is the role of the RDOC to provide expert advice on fund-specific technical and operational issues to the JPMC.
The RDOC meets twice a year in the spring and autumn. 
The SRN Action Plan is approved by the RDOC who also input into the annual work programme.

The Scottish Rural Network forms part of the UKNRN. However, there is no overall UK RDP and each region (Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland) has their own Programme and NSU.
Scotland currently has secretariat of the UKNRN and share best practice and develop joint approaches with the other NSUs where appropriate.

The NSU develops the annual work programme with input from a wide range of stakeholders.  The work programme is signed-off by the Managing Authority and shared with the RDOC.
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Total NRN public funds: £4,000,000 
Out of which national co-financing: £2.548.000
Out of which EAFRD: £1.452.000

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