The Birds@Farmland initiative of the European Commission aims at supporting EU Member States in conserving wild birds living in agricultural landscapes. The initiative will develop twenty farmland bird conservation schemes in ten Member States (Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, and Portugal) based on sound scientific knowledge and agricultural and land management practices proven to work.
The initiative aims at involving agricultural and environmental authorities, farm advisory services, farmers’ organisations, NGOs, land users, and experts in the process. Through workshops and stakeholder meetings at national and EU levels, Member States are invited to consider these conservation schemes that will be developed in the course of 2021 in their CAP Strategic Plans as well as other relevant policy tools. All EU Member States are invited to participate in the initiative to share their experience and to reinforce their measures for farmland birds.
More information can be found on the “Birds@Farmland Wiki-page” available here (https://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/legislation/birdsdirective/birds_farmland_en.htm ). To request Wiki-access, please email email@example.com or follow the instructions available on the website.
This EAFRD Projects Brochure presents the 15 finalists of the Rural Inspiration Awards (RIA) 2020, ENRD's EU-wide rural development good practice competition. This edition focused on EAFRD-funded initiatives that are promoting rural climate action and the bioeconomy.
The publication is available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Polish.
Rural Connections 2-2021 is now available in 6 languages!
In this edition of the Rural Connections magazine, rural development stakeholders from across Europe look at the future of their territories and of rural Europe. They share their views on a range of topics, including the role of rural youth, the importance of broadband development and the use of LEADER to support cultural projects.
The EU Rural Review 30 'Climate action in rural areas' is now available in 6 languages!
This edition of the EU Rural Review looks at how rural areas are making significant contributions towards climate action, also thanks to EAFRD support. The publication is available for download in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Polish.
French LAGs (Local Action Groups) invite any European LAG interested in cooperating with them to get in touch to identify possible future partnerships.
Leader LAG integrates transnational and/or inter-territorial cooperation. During the current programming period, many difficulties have been encountered by LAGs in the implementation of their respective development strategies, and, consequently, in the emergence and implementation of Leader cooperation projects.
If you are a LAG interested in cooperating with any French LAG, please write to the following email address: and find out more information on the webpage of the French Rural Network.
The Association for Environment and Development – ADEMED, Romania supports three villages in reviving traditional community celebrations in the forest.
The Administration of National Cultural Fund, Romania, supports a five-month project by ADEMED to promote folkloric theater in Bosorod, Pietriceaua and Pesac, three settlements in the Carpathian Mountains. Between June and July 2021, cartoonists, actors, teachers and residents team up to translate three local legends into comics and then perform them in the forest.
The villages seed to form a network promoting the forest's cultural role and raising awareness of their role as cultural and natural local assets, promoting their conservation.
Agrofilm is a unique festival organized by a research institution in cooperation with film professionals. The presentation of the results of the EIP AGRI working groups is welcome and contributes to the dissemination and use of good solutions.
This festival welcomes films on agriculture and food, which present examples of good practice, cooperation between farmers and researchers and innovative solutions that are the basis for effective implementation of the new policies such as Green Deal, Organic Action Plans, Farm to Fork Strategy, Bioediversity Strategy. Submit your film by 31 July 2021 using this form to
CoLabora, a European cooperation project promoting coworking in rural areas, has released the toolkit 'Rural Coworking Guide - Tips for the successful creation of a rural coworking space'. The toolkit is available for free download.
Coworking spaces can contribute to rural areas’ development. This new model of places designed for professionals offers them an opportunity to efficiently work where they choose to live, without the need to move away from their rural environment.
CoLabora is a transnational LEADER cooperation project gathering seven LAGs from Spain, France, Germany, Latvia and Wales.