About the MAP
In the region of Galicia, Spain, the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) facilitates the Multi-Actor Platform Galician Rural Interfaces. This is a regional platform that uses the Galician Association of Local Action Groups (GALAG) as support and a starting point.
The region faces typical challenges of peripheral regions in Europe, such as rural depopulation and aging, and the abandonment of farmland. Its bioclimatic conditions characterise Galicia as prone to forest fire risk and scenarios of climate change indicate that the situation will worsen.
The platform will focus on the following topics: employment and income generation, provision of infrastructures and services, and sustainable and inclusive land management. On these topics the platform aims to improve policy design by using a better identification of rural needs and better engagement of rural actors in collaborative policy-making. Thus, the platform will seek to contribute to finding solutions to tackle climate change and demographic trends, as well as improving rural living conditions.
The activities of this MAP are designed so that to achieve the following specific objectives:
- MAP objective 1: Identify main drivers for rural development in Galicia.
- MAP objective 2: Identify main issues for policy design towards rural development.
- MAP objective 3: Identify the main factors for making the MAP sustainable across time.
LAGs, business and farmer organisations, universities, local and regional government.