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Over the next two decades the rural areas of Europe will be radically transformed in terms of demography and the use of land as a limited natural resource. Most rural regions will face significant challenges linked to the management of structural changes to the system of agricultural production and to the diversification of the regional economy. These changes will have far reaching implications for the development of spatial strategies as well as for the provision of a knowledge infrastructure to support the sustainable development of the regions in economic, social and environmental terms.
This document is addressed to regional authorities, government agencies and other bodies with a stake in the future of the rural regions of Europe - farming organisations, chambers of commerce, labour unions and citizen groups. It emphasises the role that regional authorities can play in the creation of policies for sustainable development. It explains the role that foresight can play in the development of shared visions for the future of rural Europe, the mobilisation of relevant actors and the synchronisation of interventions at regional level by central government and agencies acting on their behalf.

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Authors: CREHAN P, CKA, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21259 EN (2004), 37 pp. Free of charge
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-21259-EN-C Available from: Documentation Service of DG Research Fax: +32 2 295 8220 E-mail:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-8271-0
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