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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2018-11-15 - 2018-11-18 All day
The 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 day
The 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.
2018-12-03 All day
ECOSTAR has launched the second edition of the online course on "Ecosystem services entrepreneurship: from ideas to business".
With this training, they aim to close the gap between nature conservation and entrepreneurial activities. Improving the skills of our forester, environmental students and professionals in using business to market and improve ecosystem services conservation. An online course providing continuous interaction with top international professors, experts and company directors specialized in the fields of forestry and ecosystem services and products.
Key words: economic valuation, business models, investments, ecosystem services, entrepreneurship, wild products, ecotourism, natural capital, carbon markets, forest certification, payments for ecosystem services, environmental marketing and business.
The e-learning course will run from 10th December 2018 to February/March 2019. Application deadline: 03 December 2018. The course is free of charge for the University of Padova students (PhD students included).
For further information: https://www.ecostarhub.com/e-learning-course/
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.