Rural areas and rural economies are undergoing massive change. Rural businesses – both farm and non-farm – are having to navigate the future in the face of increasingly competitive and volatile global value chains, climate change, resource depletion, major population shifts, digitisation and rapidly evolving new technologies. In this situation, business as usual is simply not an option.
The future for rural businesses is, and has to be, now. In this spirit, the recent Cork Declaration argues that rural areas have a number of potential advantages which can create the conditions for future rural prosperity and vitality as well as delivering “innovative, inclusive and sustainable solutions for current and future societal challenges”.
There is already a very wide range of EU, national and regional initiatives designed to help European businesses to make the most of the challenges and opportunities mentioned above. These include policies for digitisation, smart specialisation and social innovation. This seminar will allow different rural stakeholders to;
- Examine these and other key policies for business innovation through a rural lens. Participants will be able to share lessons and experience about how support tools can be made “fit for rural business” (in other words, initiate “rural proofing” as recommended by the Cork Declaration)
- Share inspiring examples of business innovation and explore how such initiatives can be extended in practice through the Rural Development Programmes.
The Rural Development Programmes deploy a powerful combination of measures and tools which can support all kinds of rural businesses. These include an expected 2600 LEADER groups and some 3200 Operational Groups as well as measures for knowledge transfer, advice and a range of investment measures. Participants will explore how RDP support to business innovation can be coordinated and improved – both now and in the future.
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XI European Mountain Convention on ”Cultural Heritage as an Engine for Creativity, Innovation and Socioeconomic Development of Mountain areas”2018-09-25 - 2018-09-27 All dayThe XI European Mountain Convention will be organized on 25-27 September 2018 in Vatra Dornei, Romania, by Euromontana in collaboration with the Agency for Mountain Areas (AZM, Romania). It will focus on the tangible and intangible cultural heritage in mountain areas and on how this strategic resource, inherited from the past, can be a key asset for developing sustainable and attractive mountain areas in the future. It will enhance the role of European mountain areas, their communities and their cultural heritage in addressing the challenges of the future, disclosing larger perspectives and creating new opportunities. During this European Mountain Convention, mountain actors, being, researchers, policy-makers, officers of development agencies, farmers, tourism actors, practitioners will:
- Have an overview of strategies to better valorize cultural heritage in mountain areas particularly in the context of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage;
- Explore responses/actions of mountain actors to enhance cultural heritage in mountain areas and benefit from opportunities, and facilitate exchange of ideas between mountain stakeholders so that they can compare, improve and transfer good practices at regional and local levels;
- Develop a cultural heritage strategy for Euromontana with a lobbying strategy and an action plan to implement in the coming years at EU, national, regional and local levels.
2018-10-15 - 2018-10-18 All dayThe conference is a continuation of the successful series of Forum Carpaticum meetings held every two years: starting with 2010 in Kraków, Poland, then Stará Lesná, Slovakia (2012), Lviv, Ukraine (2014), and 2016 in Bucharest, Romania. The Forum Carpaticum is an open meeting of the Science for the Carpathians (S4C) initiative. The scientific cooperation network S4C was established in 2008. The network connects scientists interested or involved in research on the Carpathian region, helping to define research priorities and enhancing international collaboration with partners from outside the Carpathians. Encompassing a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines from the natural and social sciences, as well as practical applications of that knowledge, the Forum Carpaticum advances science-based solutions to pressing environmental, economic, and social challenges. The 5th Forum Carpaticum conference will cover a wide range of topics related to sustainability in the Carpathians, including land cover and land-use change, renewable energy, climate change vulnerability assessment- and adaptation, and connections between water and forests. The breadth of topics extends to the humanities, such as traditional ecological knowledge, spatial inequalities, and social innovation in mountain areas. In conjunction with the Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention, the 5th Forum Carpaticum will specially highlight prioritized topics on biodiversity conservation and sustainable tourism development and education for sustainable development (ESD).
2018-11-08 09:30 - 2018-11-08 17:00MITOMED+ is organising an International Workshop in Brussels on 8 November 2018 to launch a reflection on tourism sustainable management, discuss the state of the art of the EU agenda, hear experiences from different actors, and raise awareness on MITOMED+’s answer to this challenge in the Mediterranean.
Although maritime and coastal (M&C) tourism in the Mediterranean basin, which is the world’s leading tourism destination, is a growing business and a predominant source of revenue, growth and jobs, it also represents a huge challenge. Indeed, the development of tourism in the Mediterranean could be jeopardized by several factors if not managed in an adequate and sustainable way, i.e. severe anthropic impacts and environmental risks, tourism pressure on territories, coastal erosion, worsening conditions of sea water, over exploitation of natural and cultural heritage, etc.
Although many Mediterranean tourist destinations have adopted local and regional integrated strategies for tourism development, there is no real governance for tourism activities at a wider transnational level and environmental governance is still, in practice, very fragmented. Sustainable tourism managed in an integrated way is the key to protect natural and cultural assets while using them as an economic driver. This is the rationale behind the MITOMED+ (Models of Integrated Tourism in the MEDiterranean Plus) project.
The Intermediterranean Commission (IMC) of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (CPMR) and NECSTouR, European Network of Regions committed to Tourism Sustainability and Competitiveness, which are partners of MITOMED+, are organising an international workshop on 8 November 2018 in Brussels.
The first part, entitled “HOW TO ENHANCE SUSTAINABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITY IN M&C TOURISM - Benchmarking Process Among C&M Destinations” aims to present the main outcomes of the project and engage local and regional public entities potentially interested in replicating the project’s methodology. It is aimed to EU policy makers, destination managers, professionals in the tourism sector and regional and local policy makers, among others.
The second part of the workshop – “TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE M&C TOURISM COMMUNITIES - Capitalising experiences and tools for an innovative model of Sustainable M&C tourism” – is organised in the frame of the European Parliament’s SEARICA Intergroup. It is aimed to key tourism stakeholders, EU policy makers, regional and local authorities, among others. It intends to launch a reflection on tourism sustainable management, discuss the state of the art of the EU agenda, hear experiences from different actors, and raise awareness on MITOMED+’s answer to this challenge in the Mediterranean. Besides, on this occasion, the draft integrated MED M&C tourism management model will be presented.
This workshop will be organised in the margins of the European Tourism Day, to be held the day before (7 November) in Brussels (more information here).
2018-11-15 - 2018-11-18 All dayThe eight international conference on Economics and Management of Networks will be held in cooperation with the University of Havana from November 15 – November 17, 2018, in Havana, Cuba. The purpose of the conference is to provide an international discussion forum for research in economics and management of networks. Theoretical, conceptual and empirical papers from all areas in economics and management of networks (franchising, retail and service chains, cooperatives, financial networks, joint ventures, strategic alliances, licensing, clusters, public-private partnerships, public network management and governance, and new network forms in digital economy are invited. Authors who want to present a paper should submit an abstract (400 words min.) as soon as possible, but no later than April 30, 2018. The organizers plan to publish a special issue in a high-quality international journal and to edit a book at Springer. Please follow this link for full details: www.socialcapitalgateway.org/habana
2018-11-26 - 2018-12-01 All dayThe Mediterranean, with its ecological and social specificities, has untapped potential to contribute to the leading role played by the forest sector in the global bioeconomy. New ideas and approaches are essential to improve the management of natural resources in this diverse and dynamic region, while sustainable and functional bioeconomy value chains must be created to realise the full worth of the region’s forests and support its rural livelihoods. EFI’s Young Leadership Programme – Mediterranean edition (YLP-MED) provides training, knowledge sharing and networking on Mediterranean forest-based value chains and their contribution to a circular bioeconomy. Young professionals will interact with global and regional leaders, network with peers and develop strategic thinking on how to manage and use forest resources to address societal challenges. The YLP-MED will take place from 26 November to 1 December 2018. The venue is the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site in Barcelona, Spain, where EFI has its Barcelona Office.
2019-02-28 - 2019-03-02 All day
World society is facing a comprehensive social-ecological crisis related to fast political, economic, tech-nological and social changes. The current economic model and its forms of excessive resource extrac-tion and use exacerbate ecological problems and conflicts, generates political instability and increases social inequalities. There is emerging agreement in science, politics and society that a fundamental transformation is needed. Some stakeholders frame the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as an important step towards recognising and addressing the most pressing transfor-mation needs. However, many scholars argue that such a transformation requires a more radical change of current modes of production and living as well as development pathways instead of mere technological and managerial solutions. In this context, the extraction, distribution, use and disposal of natural resources are of crucial im-portance. We acknowledge resources as a biophysical materiality and, at the same time, as a social, ecological and in the end as a political ‘construct’, and part of the powerfully-structured social rela-tions. Such a perspective intends to overcome the dichotomy between society and nature in a wider concept of ‘societal nature relations’. A better comprehension of the multidimensional character of resources as well as a multiscale perspective is needed to achieve a better understanding of the com-plex nexus between resources and transformation potentials. Following the first conference (“Towards International Resource Fairness - Theories, Conflicts and Pol-icies” in 2014, see also programme, documentation and conference publication), the 2nd Austrian Con-ference on International Resource Politics focuses on the role of natural resources for a social-ecolog-ical transformation. Highlighting a North-South-perspective, the conference aims to analyse past, pre-sent and future challenges for transformation pathways that take global inequalities, geopolitics but also transnational resistance and forms of cooperation into account. The goal of the conference is to bring together researchers, practitioners and activists from different regions and disciplines to advance inter- and transdisciplinary research. Are welcome contributions from any field of political science, development studies, geography, eco-nomics, sociology, social ecology, law and related disciplines and kindly invite you to submit proposals in one of the following areas: Theoretical and empirical reflections on the current social-ecological crisis related to natural resources, and their potentials and limits for transformations. Looking to the past to understand the future: contributions from environmental and socio-economic history. Methodologies and approaches assessing e.g. the economic, political, social, legal, and envi-ronmental impacts of resource extraction. Analysis and evaluation of public and private policies and governance of natural resources (e.g. laws, codes, standards, certification schemes, labels). Theoretical and empirical contributions on topics such as resource conflicts, territorial dynam-ics of resource frontiers or (global) commodity chains in context of social-ecological transfor-mations. The proposals should be submitted in PDF format until 5th October 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org in one of these three forms: 1) Individual Papers, including a title, an abstract (300-500 words) and a short CV (50-70 words); 2) Special Sessions (consisting of 3-4 thematic papers), including a session description (300-500 words) as well as title, abstract and short CV (200 words) for the individual papers of the ses-sion. 3) Open Workshops with interactive features on the conference topic for/from practitioners and scientists. This form especially aims to promote transdisciplinary dialog. Proposal should in-clude a description of the workshop, methodology and goals (approx. 300-500 words) and short CV of the organizer(s) (50-70 words). This conference is organized by the Research Platform on Resource Fairness, consisting of the Institute of Geography at the University of Innsbruck, the Austrian Foundation for Development Research (ÖFSE), the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna and the Institute of Social Ecol-ogy at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. All relevant information on the conference will be soon available at the conference website: https://www.uibk.ac.at/congress/resource-conference/. Please direct further inquiries to email@example.com.