LEADER case study – Promoting the transition to a Green Economy
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As the environmental measures under the RDP in 2007-2013 were not taken up well by the farming community, LEADER was used to promote biodiversity projects across the Åland Islands (Finland) in the programming period 2014-2020.
When the environmental measures under the RDP in 2007-2013 were not taken up well by the farming community, it was decided to let LEADER be in charge of promoting wetlands, natural pastures and other biodiversity projects across the Åland Islands in the next programming period (2014-2020). Consequently, the topic of ‘environment and nature’ features strongly in the current local Åland LEADER development strategy. It is represented as one of four focus areas, but also as a horizontal theme across the entire strategy. Furthermore, relevant selection criteria have been developed by the Local Action Group (LAG) and applied to all applications. As such, extensive emphasis has been placed on projects relating to nature and the environment.
Åland LEADER showed that by applying its community-led-local development approach, its know-how in integrated development, and its close community relations, it achieved what would have been impossible to accomplish under conventional RDP measures.