Presentations from a European Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation systems event are now available online.

The European Commission Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) organised the two-day seminar to promote understanding of Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems (AKIS) and to highlight practical examples of the changes taking place in approaches to knowledge transfer, learning and innovation in the agricultural, forestry and rural development sectors.

In the third of our event reports from the Scottish delegation to the European Rural Parliament, film maker and young crofter Robin Haig shares her experience.

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Norman MacAskill, North Regional Development Manager at Lead Scotland and former director of Scottish Rural Action, shares his experiences of the European Rural Parliament held recently in Scharding, Upper Austria. We'll have more from other attendees from Scotland over the next couple of weeks.

What was the event about and why did you attend?

Derek Harper, Chair of the local liaison group for the 2016 Scottish Rural Parliament event was part of the Scottish delegation to the European Rural Parliament (ERP) event held in Schärding, Austria last month. Here, he shares his reflections on the event. We'll have more from other attendees from Scotland over the next couple of weeks.

What was the event about and why did you attend?

Scottish Rural Network Support Unit's Development Officer Don Morrison reports on recent launch events for the two new LEADER programmes in Aberdeenshire.

The new LEADER programmes for North and South Aberdeenshire were launched recently at packed events across the regions.

All three launch events had very encouraging interaction and included a run through of the application process and an opportunity to question local LEADER staff as well as discuss possible new projects. 

Presentations, workshop reports and more information from the Rural Networks' Assembly held in Brussels on 26 November are now available online.

The Assembly brings together representatives of the main rural development stakeholder groups to provide strategic direction, guidance and advice to the work of the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD) and EIP-AGRI networks.

Winter Talk: Walking the Pyrenees and The Forest Communities of Romania

Walking the Pyrenees and The Forest Communities of Romania - Talk by Chris Goodman

From the Mediterranean to the Atlantic and sustainable management of Romanian forests by local communities.

Part of Greener Borders - A Network of Borders Environmental Groups - Winter Talks 2015.

Talk promoted by John Muir Trust Borders Group

An ambitious European Rural Manifesto has been approved at the second European Rural Parliament, advocating action on 30 key issues.

Two European Interreg funding programmes are currently calling for application proposals.

Public and private organisations can submit applications to the Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) Programme on Innovation, Low Carbon and Resource and Materials Efficiency until 30 November.

The Programme encourages public, scientific, private and civil society organisations to cooperate with a view to improving the economic, environmental, territorial and social development of Europe's regions.