About the MAP
In the region of Aragón, Spain, the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) and the Research Centre for the Management of Agricultural and Environmental Risks (CEIGRAM-UPM) coordinate the Multi-Actor Platform Innovation in rural development in Aragón (IDRA). This regional platform is based on information from the Regional Network for Rural Development in Aragón (RADR) and CEIGRAM. The MAP aims to have a good representation of all stakeholders and interests.
The region of Aragón is characterised by a large heterogeneity, where parts of the region have very low population density and depopulation, an ageing population, with some of the highest dependency rates in the EU, and an increasing proportion of men in rural areas because of the outmigration of women. This leads to the prioritisation of the following challenges: service provision for all rural people (transport, healthcare, education, housing), gender balance, opportunities for young people in rural areas, and improving the quality of life. The objective of the platform is to generate knowledge and create networks seeking synergies between various policy areas in order to contribute to vibrant rural areas.
In this new period, the MAP is focused on making rural areas attractive for young and female citizens. How? Analysing in particular topics related to access to housing, commercial facilities and land; access to services; and generational renewal in various economic sectors.
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.
2 members from policy (regional government: DG of rural development, DG of land management), 4 members from science (2 from University of Zaragoza, 1 from UPM, 1 from Complutense), 4 members from civil society (2 LAGs, 1 farmers representative, 1 youth association).