In order to take advantage of the enormous potential of outdoor tourism, fostering cooperation and networking among the local actors is essential.
Projects & Practice
Setting up a micro-fund as an alternative way to provide guarantees or loans for small, local organisations.
Support from the rural development programme for England enabled an entrepreneur to upgrade his ales brewing business.
EAFRD funding helped expand and develop a social enterprise in rural Scotland. A new training centre is built, a visitor centre expanded and more jobs for adults with special needs created.
A small successful food market initiative in Sweden used EAFRD funding to help migrants develop their skills, find employment and set up their own business.
In Sweden, local non-profit associations, encouraged and supported by the public sector, are carrying out the building of broadband infrastructure in the countryside.
An ecovillage was developed on Sweden’s Gotland island using EAFRD funding, providing a model for environmentally-friendly accommodation, waste water treatment, food and energy production. The site is also a template for non-consumerist approaches.
A Finnish NGO used EAFRD funding in a transnational project to exchange and develop best practices for integrating immigrants and refugees in rural areas.
A very small island in Sweden used EAFRD support to broaden the range of services offered by a village shop by building a café area and a kitchen.