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Reports/Rapports : Rural Development and Globalization in Europe

Source: DERREG.
This policy brief reports on emerging findings and policy recommendations from the Framework Programme 7 project DERREG, coordinated by Aberystwyth University with partners from 8 countries.

"Policy Recommendations:

  • Rural regions should aim to promote eco-economy activities that can tap into international markets using environmental resources and sustainably sourced materials to develop industries such as viticulture, craft production, sustainable forestry and eco-tourism.
  • Regional development should emphasize helping rural businesses to develop international networks rather than attracting inward investment. Support actions should include ‘network brokering’ to help SMEs develop networks, and working to increase the availability of financial capital for international expansion.
  • Public authorities should promote the positive benefits of international migration to rural regions, and develop initiatives to support integration. Regions should seek to use the skills, expertise and connections of international migrants in economic development.
  • Regional government, civil society groups and universities should work together to promote regional learning to identify opportunities and develop responses. Public policy can support regional learning by funding collaborative initiatives and providing physical infrastructure such as spaces for discussion and advice."

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