Innovation Actions (IAs) 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.

This part of the project will start during Summer 2017 with the selection of the IAs, their planning and feasibility assessment. The implementation of the Innovation Actions will start from early 2018 onwards.

Innovation Actions are listed below:

A preliminary list of Innovation Actions:

N. Innovative actions Location Field, type Implementer
1 Implementing a land banking initiative in Olba Gúdar-Javalambre, Teruel, Spain Agriculture, Forestry EFI
2 Assisting socially disadvantaged women in developing successful business initiatives Lancashire and Cumbria, UK Rural Development ULANC
3 Tree Planting program: a Women led sustainable Initiative in Lebanon Bekaa Region, Lebanon Forestry, Rural Development Seeds-int
4 Supporting the socio-entrepreneurial potential of local young people Val Belluna, Italy Agriculture, Forestry, Rural Development ETIFOR
5 Aromatic plants in the Pyrenees Catalonia, Spain Agriculture, Forestry, Rural FORECO
6 Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) integrating younger refugees in rural marginalised areas of Norway Gudbrandsdalen, Norway Rural Development ØF/ENRI