For SIMRA Case Studies, the principle objective will be to collect and analyse empirical evidence of social innovations in agriculture, forestry and rural development in marginalised rural areas in selected pilot case studies covering European, Associated and non-EU countries, particularly focusing on the Mediterranean region. A co-constructed evaluation of success factors for social innovations across 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).

This part of the project will start during Spring 2017 with the selection process and the implementation from summer onwards.

Case studies will be selected among those compiled in the database of social innovations. Candidate examples are listed below:

N. Case study Country & type Field & type Partner
Multi-actor networks, horizontal integration for joint action in poor areas
1 Environment Friendly Villages Egypt.Network A, L CU
2 Micro-enterprises for young & women; small-scale producers’ Tunisia.
Multi-actor networks in the field of social farming and social enterprises
3 Social cooperative “Learn–grow–live with farm women”, South Tyrol. Network of nature pedagogy through farming Italy. Individual A, L EURAC
4 National Care Farming. Bonding ties among social farmers Netherlands. Ntw. RD, R DLO-LEI
Consumer-producer partnerships in agri-food
5 SlowFood. Restaurants-to-farmer partnerships Italy. Network AF, R UFG
6 Community Supported Agriculture Gärtnerhof Ochsenherz Austria Individual AF, L AWI
Local-based initiatives of horizontal integration for rural development
7 Asopos river basin. Actors’ coordination in water management Greece. Individual RD, R


8 Val Lumnezia – Organisation Pro Val Lumnezia was set up by local actors together with the commune and is responsible for local administration and coordination of rural development. Switzerland.
8 Val de Travers – cooperation of public administration with local watchmaking enterprises. Switzerland.
Collective action in the bioenergy field, community-based initiatives on renewables
9 Forest biomass cooperative enhancing wildfire prevention Spain. Individual F-RD, L CTFC
10 Carbon forestry Common-Pool Resources, Notranjska Slovenia. Individual F, L CETIP
11 Social enterprises: community wind, water & biomass energy. UK. SME/individual RD, R/L HUT&RDC
12 Hybrid innovation public-private Ntw. on bioeconomy Finland. Network. F, R UO