Innovation Actions will enable that relevant actors in marginal rural areas test and exploit their potential for social innovation, with the aim of realizing impacts in the territory and the market, in businesses, investments opportunities and in building capacity within local governments. In the demonstration sites, depending on the context and specific actions, Innovation Actions will include the organization of periodic networking events to encourage interested actors to present, learn about, discuss and initiate innovative inter-sectorial actions for rural development; the creation of market places (physical and virtual) for social innovation projects; and the start up or establishment of new networks amongst local actors.

A preliminary list of Innovation Actions:

N. Innovative actions Location Field, type Implementer
Cross-cutting, implemented throughout the entire project
1 SITT Stakeholder-Scientists Labs to advocate for SI in MRA will start in the project to be sustainable beyond Pan-European and Pan-Mediterranean Various. New HUT
2 Public Innovation Labs. Strengthened structural & cognitive social capital & IAs (and CSs) in public administrations. All CSs&IAs locations Various. New Partners in local contexts
Specific demonstration sites, implemented in WP7
3 Cooperating under the sky. Local business Ntw exploiting the clean sky (due to remoteness) for astronomic tourism AGUJAMA Local Action Group alligned, a territorial-based product (labeled). Gúdar-Javalambre, Teruel (Spain) RD. New EFI
4 SI Agenda for RD. Public-private partnership supporting decisions on social economy Rural Lancashire, ULANC (UK) A, F, RD. New LU
5 Empowering women agro-processing cooperatives (bonding ties); their role in decision-making (core-periphery positioning). Lebanon A. Ongoing SEEDS-int.
6 Network contracts for new agro-food-tourism products. Local Action Group LEADER having a key role in this territorial alliance. Val Belluna (Belluno), Italy A, F, RD. New UNIPD
7 Innovative uses for abandoned historical farmhouses. Matching rural newcomers with farmhouse-holders. Solsonès, Catalonia (Spain) A, RD. New FORECO
8 Trekking and local host (mountain) communities. Territorial consumer-producer nature-based tourism partnerships. Lillehammer region (Norway) RD. Ongoing OF (ENRI)