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Finnish Regional Futures Workshop 2012

Tool category
& type


  • Workshops, Seminars, Conferences
  • Keyword(s)

    Innovation, Local development strategy, Rural economy, Rural life


    The Regional Futures Workshops formed a part of the 2012 ‘innovation’ themed year of the Mainland Finland Rural Development Programme. The workshops also served as initiators of local and regional rural strategy development for the next programme period. The Rural Network Unit held a rural developers’ strategy event in February 2012 and officials in charge of running national and EU-funded rural development programmes were asked to review the workshops’ final reports – thereby creating links between regional and national programme efforts. The Rural Network Unit of Finland coordinated the regional futures workshops. And there were 15 workshops in total.

    & RDP Region(s)


    Main purpose

    The aim of the 'futures' workshops were to support regional and local strategy work and to ensure regional and local needs are taken into account in national efforts. Another objective was to facilitate discussions on the rural development issues that different regions have in common.

    Target audience

    General Audience:

  • Rural Population
  • Date produced


    Cost range

    > €100 000


    Finnish Rural Network

    Distribution & Promotion

    The implementation of the futures workshops was coordinated by Capful Oy, whose representatives attended each workshop and compiled their outcomes. The final reports of the futures workshops will be published on

    Assessment of effectiveness

    The workshops created links between local, regional and national efforts as regards rural strategy. They helped communicate local needs to those in charge of planning the national Rural Development Programmes and facilitated discussions on issues related to rural development - and common to many different areas, at local, regional and national levels.

    Name of organisation

    Finnish Rural Network

    Type of

    National Rural Network

    Partner organisation(s)

    The Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment, the regional councils, the Rural Development Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the Agency for Rural Affairs and the practical organiser of the workshops, Capful Oy.


    Name of contact person

    Mr. Juha Matti-Markkola


    PO Box 167, FI-60101 Seinäjoki, Finland


    00 358 40 548 9227