This publication highlights how ICT is being used as an essential tool for unlocking the potential of rural areas, making them more attractive places to live, work and visit.
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.
How Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) are contributing to the promotion of local food production and short supply chains.
"News and updates" include ENRD and NRN work to ‘Unlock the potential of the RDPs’, the European Fund for Strategic Investments and the new EU Circular Economy action plan.
The "Rural issues, Rural perspectives" section features stakeholder voices on topics ranging from the new global agreement on climate change to creative rural regeneration and from rural entrepreneurship to Roma inclusion.
This edition also features "A focus on… LEADER Cooperation", with reports and interviews on inter-regional, inter-Fund and third country cooperation examples, as well as efforts to harmonise application processes across RDPs.
Supporting EU agriculture, forestry and agri-food industries, combining competitiveness and multi-functionality.
This issue is dedicated to the theme of ‘improving RDP implementation’ and aims to help RDP authorities and other rural development stakeholders understand and focus on important RDP requirements and implementation tools. It addresses issues such as keeping RDPs focused on their agreed outcomes, simplifying their implementation, boosting financial performance, and launching Operational Groups.