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How is the LEADER approach applied in the Western Balkan countries?

Find out how the LEADER approach is applied in Western Balkan countries in a recent publication produced by the Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group in South Eastern Europe (SWG): “From a local initiative to a mainstream concept in the rural areas”.

As stated in the foreword of the study, the LEADER approach stands for area-based, bottom-up and multi-sectoral local rural development. The approach is based on autonomous public-private partnerships at the local level for designing and implementing their very own, unique development strategies. Southeast European countries realised the importance of the LEADER Approach in unlocking the potential of rural regions and are currently at different stages of the preparation process for its implementation. Determined to strengthen the integration of local initiatives and rural capacity building in mainstream EU compliant policy making, in particular through bottom-up approaches to local development such as LEADER and Community Led Local Development, SWG, together with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH initiated this regional assessment to appraise the current state of the LEADER-like approaches in South East Europe in order to provide evidence based policy recommendations to the countries, the region and the international development partners.

The publication overviews LEADER-like initiatives in countries of the region; national strategies, policy and legislative frameworks relevant for Local Action Groups (LAGs), networks, local partnerships, and territorial development; as well as specific national challenges and needs.

To find out more about examples of social innovation in the Balkans area, read this collection of good practices put together by the Horizon 2020 SIMRA  project (Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas).

6 February 2019

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Our member ERSAF is organising a seminar on #SmartVillages in mountain areas, save the date and join them!
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Les #infrastructures des régions de #montagnes seront au centre des débats, le vendredi 30 août, aux #Diablerets, lors du séminaire du #SAB. Le jeudi 29, à l'occasion de notre assemblée générale, une table ronde sera consacrée à la politique #agricole: https://t.co/4efkUBcJhU


📣CIRM, MRI, & FoLAP are organizing an event on the future of #research & training for the transformation of mountain regions➡️contributions are opened to the natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, and humanities➡️deadline 30/08! @simra_eu

Still in a holidays mood? ☀️ Then reading about #tourism in mountain areas might help you on your way back to work! New studies on destination imagery in mountain areas and on the link between #climatechange and ski tourism were published, take a look 👇

Blandine Camus (@Euromontana) brings us the most interesting briefing papers published by the @ENRD_CP on how how to provide financial support to #SmartVillages and how to ensure them an inclusive governance. Have a look here 👉 https://t.co/yGWAkyBoW9

Looking for a Summer reading? 😎⛰ @MtnResearch published a study on the link between a protected mountain area and tourism. Discover all implications for local municipalities and communities as well as impacts on tourism activities and the environment 👇

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