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SHERPA Multi-Actor Platforms ready to contribute to long-term vision for rural areas

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MAPs have been able to successfully adapt their plans to the current COVID-19 restrictions, supported by the guidelines for the visioning exercise. Each MAP has started to engage in a Delphi process by collecting data on trends, interviewing MAP members and realising a survey among a wider group. This is the basis to prepare the MAP Discussion Paper that is expected by early July 2020. Read more about the Rural Interfaces process.

Most MAPs feel confident to design, organise and facilitate the actor dialogue on the vision, by enabling a balanced contribution of all actors and maintaining the engagement of the MAP members while physical meetings are not yet possible.

Within the general guidelines, each MAP selects methods for interaction that they perceive appropriate for their situation. Nevertheless, all MAPs are hopeful that face-to-face meetings will be possible starting from September to discuss the vision and develop the MAP Position Paper. Besides contributing to the discussions of the EU MAP, the MAPs also seek to use these gathered views to feed into the policy discussions at regional and national levels.

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