Staramaki is a Social Cooperative Entreprise based in Kilkis, a rural region in Greece, that uses the byproduct of local wheat cultivation to create a viable, eco-friendly alternative to single use plastic straws. It provides benefits for the environment and the local agricultural economy and offers labour opportunities for vulnerable groups of people such as former unemployed-Greeks and refugees. The recent covid-19 pandemic and related socio-economic crisis highlighted the need for innovation and to address social challenges. Staramaki offered soultions for economic growth, social cohesion and local and regional development. Therefore it demonstrated that there is room for social innovation in Greece and that circular economy can become a fertile field for such innovative actions.
The LIFE Carbon Farming Scheme project, an EU LIFE Preparatory Project, aims to develop and test concepts for carbon farming incentives for farmers and foresters, based on the state-of-the-art, focusing on carbon sequestration in agricultural soils and in forests, and looking at both governmental and market based incentives. As part of the carbon credit market analysis, the project has launched a stakeholder survey addressing primary production and therefore farmers and foresters. The survey aims to investigate ways in which actors in the food value chain are actively developing and exploring both practical as well as management and governance measures to improve sustainability and resilience of agriculture and the economic situation of primary producers. It is available in eight languages and it is open until 31 May 2021.
More and more people want to live and work in rural areas. And fortunately there are many opportunities because thousands of farmers across Europe stop farming and leave their farms. Two 60+ couples who want to live more social, sustainable, green and small scale, developed the concept Erfdelen or farmyard sharing for for people who want to live at a more social, sustainable, green and small scale in the Netherlands. The concept includes four small new separate houses and one in the old farm and other parts of the farm building which can be used for collective things like guest rooms, now and then cooking together or making music. The Erfdelen concept makes it easier to share cars, washing machines, lawn mowers, etc. or to produce your own vegetables, to have your own water supply and to handle your own wastewater. Find out more here and watch this short presentation.
A report by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) aims at detailing the territorial diversities of ageing across the EU, understanding the main drivers behind such differences and explore their relations with data on access to services and amenities, regional economic performance, political attitudes and behaviours.
This study is innovative because it explores changes in age structure at various geographical levels through time, from highly detailed data at grid level to municipalities and regions (NUTS3).
The European Commission published facts and figures about the EU’s 2021-2027 long-term budget and NextGenerationEU.
In 2020, the EU provided an unprecedented response to the coronavirus crisis that hit Europe and the world. At its heart is a stimulus package worth EUR 2.018 trillion in current prices, which consists of the EU’s long-term budget for 2021 to 2027 topped up by the temporary instrument NextGenerationEU.
The Atlas of Demography is a new interactive knowledge management tool by the European Commission that enables policy-makers and citizens to observe, monitor and anticipate demographic challenges.
The Atlas will be a 'living' tool that will evolve in response to new policy needs and will eventually extend beyond the scope of the EU. It aims at informing several policy areas – including health, labour, education, access to services and amenities, territorial and cohesion policies – with timely, robust, comparable demographic data and knowledge at the finest level of geographical detail (down to the level of a single municipality).
The aim of this evaluation has been to explore the impact of the CAP towards the general objective of ensuring a viable food production (VFP), with a focus on farm income, price stability and competitiveness of the agricultural sector.
The measures under analysis are set out in four main regulations of December 2013, governing the CAP for the period 2014-2020. The geographical scope of the analysis is EU28.
The first synthesis report by UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme is titled: 'Making Peace With Nature: A scientific blueprint to tackle the climate, biodiversity and pollution emergencies' and is based on evidence from global environmental assessments.
The report serves to translate the current state of scientific knowledge into crisp, clear and digestible facts-based messages that the world can relate to and follow up on. By synthesising the latest scientific findings from the global environmental assessments, the report communicates the current status of the world’s urgent issues and opportunities to solve them.
The FAIRshare project (Horizon 2020) launched a call to fund and develop a number of User Cases (UC), or living labs, involving mainly agricultural advisors to help support the practical implementation of a range of Digital Advisory Tools and Services (DATS) across Europe.
The call is open to agricultural advisory services, cohorts of advisors within an agricultural advisory service or groups of independent farm advisors. Only applications from Lithuania, Latvia, Finland, Denmark, Poland, Estonia, and Norway will be considered. The deadline for applications is 8 June 2021.
One conclusion of the last ENRD Workshop for NRNs on 'Working together: linking Rural Networks' (04/05/2021) was that cooperation between National Rural Networks (NRNs) is an added value, and can foster innovation.
A noteworthy example is the collaboration between the French and Romanian NRNs. Together, they build different initiatives, including webinars on topics of common interest, such as Simplified Cost Options (SCO) within LEADER, Natural Resources Management, and how CAP Strategic Plan can respond to local needs.
The partnership continues an initiative of the French Embassy in Romania. Stay tuned to find out more.