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National Multi-Actor Platform

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About the MAP

In Bulgaria,  the European Rural Development Network (ERDN) – Institute for Agricultural Economics (IAU) coordinates the Multi-Actor Platform Rural Mapping Bulgaria. This platform is newly established and operates at the national level. The core members are identified through a National Rural Network.

Depopulation is a major issue, related mostly to the topics of the provision of social services, diversification and economic development of rural areas, and young people in rural areas.

The platform aims to slow down depopulation by improving coordination between relevant stakeholders, to generate knowledge and create networks as a basis for decision-making. It seeks to strengthen synergies between future policies concerning rural areas.



The activities of this MAP are designed to achieve the following specific objectives:

  • MAP objective 1: Contribute to identify measures which could contribute to the slow-down of the depopulation trend.
  • MAP objective 2: Contribute to generate knowledge and create networks among relevant stakeholders in order to improve the knowledge basis from which decisions can be taken.
  • MAP objective 3: Seek synergies between various policy areas in order to magnify the impact and ensure there is no overlapping.


Local citizens and businesses, regional authorities.

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