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Regional Multi-Actor Platform | Casentino

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About the MAP

In Italy, the research group of Agricultural and Food Economics at the University of Pisa coordinates the Multi-Actor Platform Casentino. This newly established platform, which has been initiated by two mayors from the Casentino area together with some researchers from the University of Pisa, operates at a regional level.

The rural areas of the Eastern part of Tuscany are affected by depopulation, youth outmigration and difficult access to basic services. However, a lot of opportunities can be identified, which are related to a well-developed agricultural sector and manufacturing industry. This region is also an attractive tourism destination due to the large wooded area designated as the National Park “Foreste Casentinesi”.

The MAP Casentino will focus its activities on entrepreneurship, social economy, just transition and sustainable value chains.

Objectives

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

  • MAP objective 1: Establish the MAP, invite members, set the context.
  • MAP objective 2: Gather knowledge on – and from – the initiatives in place in the territory of the MAP in relation to entrepreneurship, local food value chains.
  • MAP objective 3: Publish a MAP Position Paper.
  • MAP objective 4: Contribute to knowledge exchange on rural development at the regional level (with MAP Tuscany and Montagna Toscana-MOVING MAP).

Composition

Local citizens, regional authorities and science representatives.

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