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EAFRD Projects Brochure 11 'Vibrant rural areas'

This edition of the EAFRD Projects Brochure presents EAFRD-supported projects from the 2014-2020 RDPs that have successfully improved services, jobs or social inclusion in rural areas – sometimes achieving more than was initially planned.

The publication shows how social objectives can go hand in hand with economic and environmental sustainability and that vibrant rural areas are essential for all, including for farmers and urban citizens.

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In 2017, Slovakia introduced three “criteria for the sustainable use of biomass” to be applied to all biomass-related projects financed by the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). This case study describes the need for such criteria in Slovakia, their content and application, and the impacts expected.

This factsheet explores the types of opportunities for delivering economic value through a bioeconomy that contributes to climate change mitigation. It reflects on experiences of the Rural Development Programmes in supporting these opportunities and provides concrete examples from several Member States.

This is the highlights report of the ENRD seminar on Climate Action and Resilient Rural Economy. It takes stock of the lessons learned concerning the contribution of the Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) to a climate resilient, low-carbon economy in Europe’s rural areas. Reflections were shared based on the work carried out by the ENRD Thematic Group on Bioeconomy and Climate Action in Rural Areas.

This Thematic Briefing is one of the tools developed by the ENRD in order to assist Managing Authorities and rural stakeholders in designing and implementing Smart Villages initiatives in key domains. The focus of the document is on promoting digital transformation in villages and rural areas.

This is the highlights report of the 4th ENRD Thematic Lab on ‘Maintaining and widening stakeholder engagement. It explores the role of LEADER and LEADER Local Action Groups (LAGs) in maintaining and widening stakeholder engagement in their local areas to develop short- and long-term responses to address local challenges now and for the future. It was also the opportunity to discuss LAGs' responses to the COVID-19 crisis.

This paper presents two examples of different approaches to innovative solutions on the climate change and low-carbon transition of agriculture in the EU sugarbeet sector, based on experiences of two cooperatives in The Netherlands and in Italy.

French agricultural organisations are translating the national strategy into sectoral approaches and initiatives. The livestock sector, which according to the NLCS is responsible for 45 % of France’s methane emissions, has developed methods to assess the GHG emissions of cattle production and ways to decrease them. This briefing presents some of the related climate initiatives and an example of their application in the French region of Pays de la Loire.

This is the highlights report of the 12th TG meeting of the ENRD Thematic Group (TG) on 'Smart Villages'.

The TG organised the last lab to provide space for other Member States to share ideas and pose questions about how they are proposing to support Smart Villages in their own countries. The Managing Authorities (MAs) of Austria, Ireland and Slovenia presented their ideas for supporting their villages through a dedicated framework in the CAP Strategic Plan.

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