In 2019, the national rural network in Spain (REDR) initiated a comprehensive research process involving all 185 Spanish LAGs, REDR Steering Committee and all 11 Regional Networks to explore their views and aspirations for the new programming period (2021-2027). The findings of the research fed into the position paper ‘The future of LEADER 2021-2027’, which informed policy-decision makers.
Strong underlying values and connections to academic institutions support LEADER/CLLD in Croatia, where the LEADER network is convinced that the LEADER/CLLD approach is of significant relevance at all levels of rural development.
A case study on cooperation in the LEADER delivery chain.
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 next programming period (2014-2020).
The Local Action Group (LAG) Kostenets 2010 in Bulgaria has designed its development strategy with a strong focus on local needs. The use of the multi-fund approach allows them to meet specific local needs effectively.
Sustainable development is a cross-cutting theme in LEADER Ravakka’s (Finland) current local development strategy. The aim is to encourage local organisations to combat climate change by becoming more active in implementing environmentally friendly projects.
In Slovenia, LEADER is implemented as part of a joint Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) approach that operates as a multi-funding system, combining EAFRD, EMFF and
ERDF funding. The multi-funding approach is facilitated by a CLLD Coordination Committee.
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.
In Finland, the National Rural Network planned a comprehensive participatory approach in close collaboration with the Managing Authority to ensure full engagement of stakeholders in the preparation of the new LEADER programming period. The work was easily adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A case study on NRN support to designing LEADER.
The LEADER project Gratitud Pallars (Spain) impresses by its integrated and innovative character in support of landscape conservation, climate change mitigation and smart sustainable tourism development.
A case study about animation, networking and cooperation in LEADER.
A study included in the national Evaluation Plan for LEADER (2014 -2020) by the Austrian Managing Authority explores social innovation and its relevance in LEADER projects.
This case study looks at social innovation, funding and resources in LEADER.