In order to contribute more effectively to combating climate change, a Romanian LAG included energy adaptation and mitigation projects in its local development strategy. This case study looks at the role of LEADER in promoting renewable energies and energy efficiency.
Projects & Practice
A TNC cooperation project in which partner areas with long coastlines worked together to strike a balance between protecting the environment and opening up their areas to tourists in a sustainable way.
A transnational cooperation project to promote DIY solutions for renewable energy production in rural communities.
A cooperation project was set up between 4 LAGs and 1 FLAG to promote local heritage and stimulate the local economy around a lake area.
A family farm used LEADER support to build a new greenhouse that would provide optimum conditions for growing traditional varieties of Estonian roses.
A small rural business used RDP support to purchase new stone-cutting equipment in order to expand its range of products.
Estonian tourism operators used EAFRD funding to install road signs to promote the local Seto culture and help visitors find interesting landmarks.
A local producer of syrups and vinegars in Estonia used EAFRD funding to scale up production to create a business that sells to restaurants, shops and big suppliers.
A year-round holiday cottage was built on an equestrian farm to accommodate guests. The construction used natural materials such as moss and wood.
Natural potential of rural areas often remains unexploited. In Estonia the construction of a water themed park generated interest in the countryside and attracted visitors through promoting eco-tourism and environmental education.