Europe

A fund to help organisations develop ideas for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Low Carbon Travel and Transport (LCTT) Challenge Fund is open for applications.

The European Innovation Partnership 'Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability' (EIP-AGRI) is calling for experts for three new focus groups.

EIP-AGRI are encouraging people involved in agroforestry, dairy farming or tending vineyards to apply to be part of the Focus Groups and work with 19 other experts from across Europe.

Do you have an idea for a transnational cooperation project?

Scotland will be represented at the LEADER Fair for Transnational Cooperation in Estonia on 24 – 26 August 2016 by the Cairngorm and Angus Local Action Groups (LAGs), as well as the Scottish Rural Network.

‘What is the Scottish Rural Development Programme?’

That was the question the Scottish Rural Network was trying to answer for a busy tent of guests on Thursday at this year’s Royal Highland Show.

LEADER Inspired Network Community (LINC) Event 2016

Members of LEADER Local Action Groups, Managing Authorities and Paying Agencies, project staff and all people interested in rural development are invited to the next LEADER Inspired Network Community (LINC) conference on 27 to 29 September 2016 in Hungary.

The aim of the annual LINC seminar is to gather people interested in rural development from around Europe to exchange ideas with each other and to explore potential opportunties to cooperate with international partners on projects. 

Multifunctional Forests Workshop – Deadline 24 June 2016

Are you a farmer, forester, advisor, academic or entrepreneur with experience and interest in innovative forestry products, services and supply chains?

If so, EIP-AGRI are looking for participants for a workshop to be held in Austria. 

The workshop will primarily focus on non-wood products and will showcase high potential, innovative value chains that are currently underutilised such as resin derivatives, textile fibres and recreational services.

A new documentary highlighting access to land issues across Europe is available to watch online. 

The 'Land for our Food' film follows the journey of Gavin Bridger, a grower from the Community Supported Agriculture project of Farnham Local Food in England, through various European countries in his quest of accessing land for agroecological farming.

The 34-minute 'road trip'  film was produced by the Access to Land network, a European network of grassroots organisations securing land for agroecological farming.

Sarah Hyslop, Ayrshire LEADER Programme Manager, shares her experiences and reflections from the recent Swedish Rural Parliament event which took place in Visby, Gotland, Sweden from 27 to 29 May 2016.

The Amsterdam Rural Forum and National Rural Networks meeting brought delegates from across Europe to Amsterdam on 11 and 12 May for presentations, workshops, performances and even milk tasting!

This inspiring event was a chance to hear about innovative rural development projects making use of the arts and to reflect on how we, at National Rural Network Support Units, can be more creative in our work.

Scotland is being represented at this week's Swedish Rural Parliament, one of the largest gatherings for rural development in Europe.

Bill Sturrock, a member of Angus LEADER Local Action Group, and Sarah Hyslop, Ayrshire LEADER Programme Manager, are being supported by the Scottish Rural Network to attend the event.

The Swedish Rural Parliament event takes place in Visby, Gotland from 27 to 29 May. The theme for 2016 is 'Towards a balanced country'.

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