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The Future of Rural Policy From Sectoral to Place-Based Policies in Rural Areas Local experiences of rural development (round table)

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Local approaches to rural development are shaped by the type of partnership put in place in the local context (who carries out the project), the strategy followed (what are the objectives and methods of achieving them), and the definition of the appropriate or pertinent scale (where is the local territorial project carried out). Bearing that framework in mind, it is not surprising that the following presentations describe different situations, given the different contexts and backgrounds of experts participating to the roundtable. Nevertheless, these presentations underline some common problems, at least in lagging rural regions. First, the participation of local people and entities need to be organised. Second, local people should be willing to propose projects and to manage them. Third, local groups and networks do not necessarily possess the expertise and knowledge for undertaking such projects. Finally, awareness of environmental problems is often not satisfactory. As a consequence, policies and governance systems should pay attention to the social capital in these areas as well as to the diffusion of information and skills and the animation of networks...

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Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2003-06-01

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