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This issue of the EU Rural Review examines the role of networking in rural development policy. It traces how networking has evolved to become a defining characteristic of rural development in Europe. 

All types of rural stakeholders interact in today’s increasingly diverse networking ecosystem. The publication concludes by considering how Networking will continue to evolve under the future policy environment.

For more about networking check out the ‘networX’  the largest gathering of rural networking practitioners organised under the current programming period.

This is the main report of the ENRD Workshop on 'Biodiversity and the CAP: working together to reach conservation goals'.

The workshop explored how to ensure the most effective contribution of current RDPs and future CAP Strategic Plans to support the implementation of EU biodiversity policy, by encouraging dialogue and facilitating exchanges among the relevant agriculture and environmental actors involved in biodiversity conservation in rural Europe.

This is the main report of the ENRD Workshop on ‘Generational Renewal: Attracting Young Farmers and Entrepreneurs in Rural Areas’.

This workshop was part of the activities carried out under the ENRD thematic work on Generational Renewal and Social Inclusion. It included an overview of practices supporting young farmers and new entrants, land mobility and access to land in different Member States.

Networking – and rural development networking is a prime example of this – is first and foremost about people. It is about coming together, developing new ways of thinking and operating, and building something new, together; something that is bigger than the sum of its individual parts; and something that benefits rural communities everywhere.

On the occasion of networX – the largest ever gathering of the European rural networking community to be organised under the 2014-2020 programming period – we want to salute the human spirit of networking and mark 10 years of the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD).

This book highlights rural networking through the eyes of young people, as they are the ones who will determine the future development of Europe’s countryside. It also illustrates how networks support rural entrepreneurship, the environment, rural heritage and vibrant rural communities – areas where the impact of rural networking is unmistakable.

EAFRD Projects Brochure Youth and Generational Renewal

This edition of the EAFRD Projects Brochure presents twelve projects that show how Rural Development policy is helping to make rural areas more attractive places for young people to live and work, in agriculture and beyond.

Youth in rural areas, and young farmers in particular, enhance rural vitality and pave the way for stronger value chains and rural prosperity. Generational renewal is one of the preconditions for improved competitiveness of the agricultural sector over the longer term and for sustainable food production in Europe.

This is the main report of the ENRD Workshop on ‘Attracting Young Farmers and Fostering Generational Renewal in Rural Areas’.
It overviews the discussions and exchanges on the current Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) support to young farmers and new entrants. It includes examples of innovative ways to enter farming, and explores opportunities to support generational renewal under the post-2020 CAP Strategic Plans.

This is the main report of the seventh meeting of the ENRD Thematic Group (TG) on 'Smart Villages'. 

It provides insights on how to use and plan Smart Villages in the future CAP Strategic Plans (according to the Commission’s proposal for CAP), and how to create synergies between the CAP Strategic Plans and other funds.

Este estudio de caso repasa las medidas que España ha adoptado para desarrollar y ejecutar planes e iniciativas estratégicos destinados a cerrar la brecha digital entre las zonas urbanas y las rurales. El objetivo de estas iniciativas, que tienen lugar a todos los niveles administrativos, es abordar el grave problema de la despoblación de las zonas rurales.

The document highlights the key point related to the sustainability aspects of the bioeconomy, looking at the current thinking around the systems to monitor the sustainability of bio-based value chains.

This is the main report of the second meeting of the ENRD Thematic Group (TG) on 'Mainstreaming the Bioeconomy'. It summarises the discussion on territorial and local approaches to developing bioeconomy in rural areas, and on how to combine different funding instruments to support rural bioeconomy initiatives.

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