Rural Europe plays a central role in the provision of environmental services such as preserving biodiversity, contributing to climate regulation—by reducing emissions and sequestering carbon, protecting water quality and availability, preserving soil functionality and air quality, reinforcing resilience to flooding and/or fire and maintaining landscape values.
Networking is a policy instrument within the framework of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) – otherwise known as Pillar 2 of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Experience shows that networks are an effective means of informing, inspiring and empowering local people in rural communities.
How Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) are contributing to the promotion of local food production and short supply chains.
This issue focuses on the inter-relationship between two key elements of the LEADER approach - Local Development Strategies and cooperation.
The role of EU agriculture and rural development policies in the delivery of public goods in rural areas throughout Europe.
Encouraging rural employment, tackling rural poverty and improving the quality of life.