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Regional Multi-Actor Platform | Alqueva

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About the MAP

In Portugal, CONSULAI coordinates the Multi-Actor Platform Alqueva. This is a newly established platform focusing on rural development in the Alqueva region. This region has gone through several transformation processes since the Alqueva water reservoir and infrastructure was built. This has created a considerable opportunity for agriculture in the region, allowing farmers to cultivate new crops and substantially increase their incomes, attracting external investors, and promoting the development of different types of new business ventures. However, this clashes with the more traditional and conservative farmers, who are in the majority of land managers. Further to this, the Alqueva project has raised many environmental concerns.

The platform provides a unique opportunity for stakeholders to engage, discuss the main issues and find ways forward in a comprehensive manner. The platform will analyse research and policy initiatives that have been developed in the last two decades, develop foresight exercises, propose new tools and rural research policies and promoting the engagement of regional and national institutions with shared common objectives.

Objectives

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

  • MAP objective 1: Creation of a MAP that is seen by the actors as meaningful and useful tool to discuss rural policies.
  • MAP objective 2: Identification of concrete policies with influence into the Alqueva region and solutions for their implementation.
  • MAP objective 3: Determine how research can influence policy-making.

Composition

Civil society, NGOs, business organisations, farmer organisations, research institutes, regional and national authorities.

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