About the MAP
The Portuguese Central region, whose territory is very diverse and asymmetric, is an excellent example of the need for innovative, multidisciplinary, and multidimensional approaches. One of the main objectives of the MAP RURAL_PT, whose area of coverage includes the Centre Region (NUTS II), is to contribute to a strategic vision for the territory, involving the various relevant agents of the region (policy, society and science), and to identify essential investments and instruments to promote a more sustainable and territorially balanced development.
The great opportunity is that the MAP RURAL_PT can function as a “neutral” and external ignition factor of a mobilization process, listening to each other and promoting a debate that leads to the presentation of concrete proposals and the clear identification of the conditions for the implementation of these proposals, rather than only the definition of desirable principles, priorities and types of actions.
This platform is being coordinated by CONSULAI.
The activities of this MAP are designed to achieve the following specific objectives:
MAP objective 1: Hierarchy of the 4 main trends, from the 7 identified, in the Centre Region, such as: demographic shift: depopulation, ageing and urbanization; change in production and diversification of the rural economy; climate change and environmental services; the rise of digitalisation and smart ruralities.
MAP objective 2: Identify the main challenges facing the Central region and build a matrix identifying the region’s weaknesses and strengths, as well as the main regional threats and opportunities that could be seized, in the next 20 years.
MAP objective 3: Contribution for a common long-term vision for “Centro” Region of Portugal and also define the actions necessary to achieve it, in the 4 priorities identified at the 1st MAP objective, namely: i) demographic change; ii) production and diversification of the rural economy; iii) climate change; iv) digitalisation.
Policy (Regional and national authorities), Society (Civil society, private sector, farmer organisations, farmer associations) and Science (Research institutes, universities, and polytechnic institutes)