Publications

Total results: 10.

This is the highlights report of the ENRD Workshop on 'Combatting Rural Depopulation: Cretaing new opportunities for vibrant rural areas'. 

It overviews the key drivers and effects of population decline in rural areas across the EU, looking at the role of the Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) and other EU policies and instruments in order to help create an enabling rural environment. It explores examples of projects contributing to the creation of business opportunities and the improvement of services and quality of life in rural communities, as well as examples of integrated approaches that can help combat rural depopulation.

Networking – and rural development networking is a prime example of this – is first and foremost about people. It is about coming together, developing new ways of thinking and operating, and building something new, together; something that is bigger than the sum of its individual parts; and something that benefits rural communities everywhere.

On the occasion of networX – the largest ever gathering of the European rural networking community to be organised under the 2014-2020 programming period – we want to salute the human spirit of networking and mark 10 years of the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD).

This book highlights rural networking through the eyes of young people, as they are the ones who will determine the future development of Europe’s countryside. It also illustrates how networks support rural entrepreneurship, the environment, rural heritage and vibrant rural communities – areas where the impact of rural networking is unmistakable.

This is the main report of the ENRD Workshop on ‘Generational Renewal: Attracting Young Farmers and Entrepreneurs in Rural Areas’.

This workshop was part of the activities carried out under the ENRD thematic work on Generational Renewal and Social Inclusion. It included an overview of practices supporting young farmers and new entrants, land mobility and access to land in different Member States.

This is the main report of a dedicated ENRD workshop, which overviews inspiring youth initiatives and projects related to youth entrepreneurship, rural-urban linkages, communication, and digitisation, as well as specific policy tools and funds to support these.

This is the main report of a dedicated ENRD event on the topic. It outlines the challenges faced by young farmers and new entrants into farming, including access to land, finance, training, and knowledge.
Additionally, it explores how various Rural Development Programme (RDP) Measures could support generational renewal. 
This is the main report of the fourth meeting of the ENRD Thematic Group (TG) on 'Smart and Competitive Rural Businesses'.
It explores the Finnish approach to supporting businesses in rural areas, including inspiring businesses and the 'Smart Countryside' initiative. 
Additionally, it overviews methods for turning the TG's outputs - case studies and Rural Development Programme (RDP) analysis - into useful tools, and members' perspectives on how the TG met the initial expectations.
This is the main report of the ENRD Seminar on ‘Revitalising Rural Areas through Business Innovation’ (Brussels, March 2017).
It examines a range of EU policies and tools for business innovation, including digitisation, smart specialisation, and social innovation. It also features examples of rural business innovation and explores how such initiatives can be supported and extended through the Rural Development Programmes (RDPs).
This is the main report of the third meeting of the ENRD Thematic Group (TG) on 'Smart and Competitive Rural Businesses'.
It explores 'wild' business ideas from the Netherlands, the links between rural businesses and the wider rural economy, lessons from Scotland on LEADER and rural business support, as well as TG members' perspectives.
This is the main report of the second meeting of the ENRD Thematic Group (TG) on 'Smart and Competitive Rural Businesses'.
It explores a vision for Rural Businesses 2030, the concepts of accelerators and rural digital hubs, and Rural Development Programme (RDP) support for rural businesses.
This is the main report of the first meeting of the ENRD Thematic Group (TG) on 'Smart and Competitive Rural Businesses'.
It overviews the working themes identified by the TG (new trends and wild ideas, fit-for-business support, digitisation), perspectives of TG members, and Rural Development Programme (RDP) support tools.