Rural areas for climate neutrality
The UN Climate Change Conference, Convention of the Parties 26 (COP26), met in Glasgow, UK, from 31 October to 12 November 2021. Approximately 40 000 people attended the negotiations in the […]
SHERPA webinar – What lays beyond the policy brief?
On 2 December 2021, SHERPA organised a webinar to discuss the engagement of local actors in the policy process at regional, national or European levels. It presented the findings and […]
Looking back to move forward: lessons from the monitoring and evaluation of the MAPs
The monitoring and evaluation of the experiences of the 20 SHERPA Multi-Actor Platforms (MAPs) resulted in valuable insights on how to effectively establish and run MAPs to engage science, society […]
The key role of digitalisation in the future of rural areas
On 30 June, the European Commission published the Communication on the Long-Term Vision for Rural Areas (LTVRA) up to 2040. The Vision identifies areas of action towards stronger, connected, resilient and prosperous rural […]
Imagining the future of Europe’s rural areas
At the end of March this year, the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD), in close cooperation with DG AGRI, organised the virtual event ‘Rural Vision Week: Imagining the future […]
CAP impact on rural development
In June 2020, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) launched a consultation on the evaluation of the CAP impact on the territorial development of rural areas, aiming to feed […]
Grasping the diversity of rural territories
The SHERPA report, Framework providing definitions, review and operational typology of rural areas in Europe, showed that the term ‘rural’ is widely defined but there is no consensus on the […]
Resilience and transformation of European food systems
The transition towards a sustainable food system that ensures access and availability to healthy and appropriate food while not harming ecosystems is now widely recognised as one of the most […]
France: Public debate on CAP Strategic Plans highlights climate and environmental priorities
French Ministry of Agriculture has tasked the National Committee of Public Debate (CNDP) to organise a public consultation on the CAP Strategic Plan. Analysis of the first round of consultations […]
How will rural areas be in the future?
To understand the rural areas and the phenomena that affect their development, it is necessary to look at the major trends in progress and the scenarios that they open for the next 20-30 years. As part of the SHERPA project, a review of a sample of foresight and scenario studies was conducted at European and global levels. The document unfolds in three main sections: the review of foresight and scenario exercises, high-level megatrends and trends, and drivers and impacts of particular relevance to rural areas.
Opportunities for rural areas in times of COVID-19
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has recently published a policy note on the implications of coronavirus crisis for rural development’. The document analyses economic effects of the […]
Defining rural areas in Europe
Author: Samuel Féret, CIHEAM-IAMM The definition of rural and rurality is a longstanding issue which has been the subject of debates in the scientific literature for a while. While endeavouring […]