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SHERPA consortium meets in Brussels


On 13 and 14 June 2022, SHERPA partners met in Brussels for the Consortium meeting to take stock of the progress achieved until now and discuss the next steps for the project. It was the first in-person meeting since the beginning of the pandemic back in 2020.

The project is now entering the last phase of its lifespan. During the next 15 months, SHERPA will be implementing the two remaining cycles for the 41 Multi-Actor Platforms set up across Europe. The work undertaken by the MAPs will be highlighted through the SHERPA Position Papers and during the last two project conferences.

Over the course of two days, partners brainstormed and came up with suggestions on how to make the best of the outcomes from the MAPs and the project itself in putting forward useful recommendations for the future development of rural policies and the rural agenda.

In addition to the topics that the MAPs will be working this year, a methodological guidance for rural proofing exercise will be  developed by colleagues at CIHEAM Montpellier.

Part of the meeting was dedicated to identify options for the sustainability of the Multi-Actor Platforms that can potentially continue after the end of the project. The process is being led by colleagues from Nordregio and Wageningen University & Research.

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