Database: Social innovations in marginalised rural areas

SIMRA gathered examples of Social Innovations in agriculture, forestry and rural development in rural areas across Europe and non-European Mediterranean regions. The database below describes in brief selected examples, showing the diversity of SIs and some of their key characteristics. The full dataset is available at the SIMRA Catalogue of Social Innovation Diversity in Rural Areas archived in the Zenodo repository.

Other databases with examples of social innovation in rural areas:

This database is work-in-progress and will be progressively updated


  Eastern Europe
  Non EU - Medit
  Northern Europe
  Outermost regions
  Southern Europe
  Western Europe


  Access to land
  Artistic Creation / Craftworks
  Broadband / ICT
  Childhood / Youth
  Commons / Cooperatives
  Community Agriculture
  Empowerment of women
  Environment Conservation
  Fire Prevention
  Fishery / Aquaculture
  Forest Management
  Livestock / Pastoralism
  Local Development
  Local Food
  Migrants Integration
  Provision of services
  Social Farming
  Sustainable / Organic Agriculture
  Vulnerable population
  Waste / Recycling
  Water Management


  Rural Development

Udny Community Trust Community Wind Turbine
Land Sharing for food and social good
Apadrina un Olivo (Adopt an olive tree)
Montes de Socios (Membership Forests): recovering the ancient history of pro-indivisive forests
Local Food for Local People
Integra Todos - Costurizate
Adotta un terrazzamento
Rise Hub
Tiree Film Club
Dagnja(Veteran fishery cooperative (Braniteljsko ribarska zadruga)
Projecto Querença
Cooperative Biopenyagolosa
Baba Residence
Libera Terra
Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil
Team Karwendel
Integrated Ecosystemic value-enhancement of the Guadeloupe Forest Agrobiodiversity (VALAB)
Learning-growing-living with women farmers
Carbon smart forestry
Gela Ochsenherz
HAWARU Hof-Solidarische Landwirtschaft
Terres de Liens
Les Centrales Villageoises
MY Place Midleton
Pro Ratatouille Project
Carbon smart forestry in self-organized forest commons regime
Revitalising plans for UNESCO Vlkolinec site
Biohof Mogg (Community Supported Agriculture)
Green Care Österreich
Heat Smart Orkney
ACCESS: Assisting Communities to Connect to Electric Sustainable Sources
Forum Nazionale Agricoltura Sociale
Casa dei Beni Comuni
Braemar Community Hydro
Braemar social care project
Laggan Forest Trust
NEL (Netzwerk Existenzgründung in der Landwirtschaft)
Diffused hotel of Pentedattilo
Rural Hub - Incubator for agriculture -based initiatives
ARCHE NOAH - Preserving and Developing the Diversity of Cultivated Plants
CampiAperti – Open Fields
Community woodland Llais y Goedwig
Association Citaa' Futura
Montagne Firoentine Model Forest (FMMF)
Federatie Landbouw en Zorg - Network Care farming
Plataforma Forestal Valenciana
Birnam Arts Centre
Blue Bees
Konnu Smart Work Centre
Skylark Foundation
Participatory Guarantee Systems
Hortas Sociais do Bispo - Social Agriculture @ESAC
Korenika - organic social farm
Consortium of social cooperatives NCO (Nuova Cooperazione Organizzata)
A box of sea
Mosaico project
Burrenbeo Trust
Rural HUB
Terraviva: economic and environmental restoration of terraced landscapes in Antrona Valley
Artel 13: Encouraging local agricultural produce and local services consumption through revitalizing old houses in a depopulated rural mountain area
Sopotniki (cotravellers)
LAMO - New ideas for marginal mountain areas. Participation labs of students and communities
Oglarska dežela - Charcoal Land Initiative
ARDAC - Assisting Reforestation and forest Development Activities in partnership with local Communities Crowdfunding & Matchfunding for Social Innovation Projects
Acacias for all
Tasuleasa Social
Mazi Farm
The Ludgate Hub
Network of sustainability initiatives in Transylvania
L’Atelier Paysan
Torth y Tir – Loaf of the land
Paraisos Slow: Poetry-based free tours in rural areas
Land Stewardship Networks
Prospero Association - Sustainable Social Enterprise
La Milpa - collective garadening
Social Farming Ireland