SIMRA Case Studies


SIMRA Case Studies collect and analyse empirical evidence of social innovations in agriculture, forestry and rural development in marginalised rural areas in selected European, Associated and non-EU countries, particularly focusing on the Mediterranean region. A co-constructed evaluation of success factors for social innovations in selected case studies will be carried out not only by the academic community, but also by the people involved in rural development practice (such as technicians, LEADER groups, etc.), covering spatial variation and heterogeneity of regions (e.g. in terms of natural conditions, socio-economic development, social capital, governance and institutional settings).

Data collection takes place between winter and autumn 2018. The analyses at case study level and across cases will be implemented during 2019.

The case studies that have been selected among those compiled in the database of social innovations constitute the “Analytical cases” (A). These implement the whole set of SIMRA methodological tools:

N. Case Study Thematic cluster Location and country Partner
1 Forest fire volunteers Forest Management Catalonia, Spain CTFC
2 Lochcarron Community Development Company Strathcarron, Scotland, UK HUTTON
3 The Noidanlukko cooperative Local Development Pyhäjoki, Finland OULU
4 Pro Val Lumnezia Surselva, Switzerland UBERN & SAB
5 Revitalising plans for Vlkolínec Vlkolínec, Slovakia CETIP&IFESAS
6 Hawaruhof Community Agriculture Kirchberg am Wagram, Austria AWI
7 Learning-Growing-Living with women farmers Social Farming Trentino Alto-Adige, Italy EURAC
8 Care farm Pitteperk Koudekerke on Walcheren, The Netherlands DLO
9 Dairy producers public-private partnership Networking El Jem, Hazeg and Beni Hassen, Tunisia FAOSNE
10 VAZAPP’ Foggia, Apulia, Italy UNIFG
11 A box of sea Fisheries Lesvos and Leros Islands, Greece ICRE8

Along with the “Analytical cases”, Case Studies B or “Analytical-Informative Case Studies” complement the pool of data through the complete methodology or a simplified version it for the assessment of social innovation. These cases are:

N. Case Study Thematic cluster Location and country Partner
1 Smart Carbon forestry in the Ravnic-Orlovše forest commons Forest Management Vipava valley ,Slovenia CETIP&IFESAS
2 Smart Carbon forestry in Nízle Tatry forest commons Nízke Tatry, Slovakia CETIP&IFESAS
3 Integrated ecosystemic value-enhancement of the Guadeloupe Forest Agrobiodiversity Guadeloupe, France HUTTON
4 National Forum for Social Agriculture Social Farming Rome, Italy EURAC & UNIPD
5 Community hydropower in Braemar Energy Braemar, Scotland, UK RDC
6 Community hydropower in Braemar Community Agriculture Boxtel, The Netherlands DLO
7 Network Réseau des Fleurons Local Development Neuchâtel, Switzerland UBERN & SAB

Lastly, Cases C or “Informative Case Studies” are additional examples of Social Innovation which have employed a simplified version of the SIMRA methodology. These examples are of interest for providing robustness to the findings from Cases A and B, as well as addressing new topics of social innovation in rural areas. These cases are:

N. Case Study Thematic cluster Location and country Partner
1 Community work with wildfire volunteers Forest Management Penedès-Garraf County, Catalonia, Spain CTFC
2 Valorisation of Non-Wood Forest Products through the Market Analysis and Development (MAD) approach Jendouba and Beja Governorates, Tunisia FAOSNE
3 Argan co-operative of rural women Networking Idmine, Souss Massa Region, Morocco FAOSNE
4 Environmental Friendly Villages Network Networking Behera Governorate, Egypt CU
5 Community energy: Huntly District Development Trust Energy Huntly, Scotland, UK RDC
6 Resilience of Rural Islands Local Development Vidovici, Cres Island, Croatia CETIP & IFESAS