Publications

Total results: 9.
This is the main report of the first meeting of the ENRD Thematic Group on 'Smart and Competitive Rural Areas'.
It overviews the diverse working topics under the heading 'Smart': agriculture, supply chains and villages, as well as the differing needs, challenges and approaches to adding value.
This is the main report of the second meeting of the ENRD Thematic Group on 'Smart and Competitive Rural Areas'.
It outlines the market opportunities and approaches that can be undertaken to achieve 'smart supply chains', including public food and innovation advice.
This is the main report of the third meeting of the ENRD Thematic Group on 'Smart and Competitive Rural Areas'.
It highlights the differing approaches to supporting supply chains both nationally and regionally, including a consideration of smart specialisation strategies.
This is the main report of the thematic ENRD Seminar on 'Smart and Competitive Supply Chains'.
It explores ways of connecting the Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) to food and drink supply chains and overviews relevant RDP tools. It covers topics such as market access, public food markets, adding value, cooperation and food policy.

This edition of the EAFRD Projects Brochure explores how Rural Development Programme (RDP) funding – co-financed by the EAFRD – has been used to support the sustainable use of natural resources, particularly water and soil.

The concept of resource efficiency is based on the idea of ‘doing more with less’. In this context, the projects featured in this edition highlight inspiring practices of creating greater economic and environmental value from fewer inputs.

The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) is providing valuable support to Europe’s rural economies, encouraging a faster rate of change towards a more sustainable agricultural sector.

This edition of the EAFRD Projects Brochure explores how people in rural areas have used Rural Development Programme (RDP) funding - co-financed by the EAFRD - to support actions that can be part of the ‘Transition to Greener Rural Economies’.

This transition is about taking advantage of economic opportunities that are environmentally and socially sustainable. It is also about pursuing improved environmental performance in ways that are economically and socially viable.

The projects reflect some of the breadth of relevant approaches that can be supported under the (RDPs), including: making a living from biodiversity; doing more with less; promoting green tourism; generating renewable energy from rural production; installing renewable energy infrastructure in rural areas; and cooperating for a greener economy.

This issue of the EU Rural Review explores the resource efficiency challenge and examines what the concept of ‘doing more with less’ means for rural development. It highlights how rural areas can become more resource‑efficient and is focused exclusively on water and soil management. 

The issue overviews resource-efficient rural practices and highlights how the EU's Rural Development policy can be best used to support an improved management of natural resources. Additionally, it profiles the EU's LIFE programme whose pilot projects provide many inspiring examples of sustainable practices that can be replicated by the agricultural and other rural business sectors. 

It is informed by the broader ENRD thematic work on 'Resource‑Efficient Rural Economy'. 

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.