This edition examines in depth the concept of ‘rural proofing’ and how it has been applied in practice. It studies the UK and Nordic approaches and features the visions of European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, and Guillaume Cros, member of the European Committee of the Regions.
The edition also includes the regular ‘News and updates’ from the ENRD and the EU, as well as the usual ‘Rural issues, Rural perspectives’ bringing you stakeholder voices on topics ranging from community-led rural broadband initiatives to the first ever European Rural Youth Parliament.
This edition includes perspectives on LEADER/CLLD, forestry, integrated approaches to rural policy and the new European Solidarity Corps, as well as short updates from the Slovenian and Slovakian networks.
The edition’s thematic section brings ‘A focus on… social inclusion’, including an overview of social inclusion challenges in rural Europe, highlights of ENRD thematic work, consideration of what LEADER/CLLD can do to foster inclusion, as well as interviews and reports.
This issue of the EU Rural Review explores some of the ways in which social and environmental sustainability can contribute to economic growth in Europe’s rural areas.
It highlights some of the particular opportunities for rural areas from the transition to the green economy, including through the move to the low-carbon economy and more sustainable farming and forestry. It also looks at practical aspects of green economy projects and how cooperation can help deliver improved outcomes.
Throughout, it considers how the Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) can best support efforts in these areas.