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Foresight analysis for rural areas of EU

Objective

Rural Development (RD) is the result of complex, dynamic processes which are determined by a range of driving forces, including demographic, socio-economic, technological and environmental change. As a result, future evolution of rural areas in the EU is highly uncertain.
Last decade studies on developments in rural areas in the EU have not achieved a common definition of 'rural' in EU, lacking harmonized data to describe socio-economic and environmental dynamics as well as meaningful indicators reflecting the specific situation in rural areas. There is an urgent need to know: what are major trends and driving forces affecting rural regions" At which scales do these processes operate" Which of these processes are amenable to change through RD policies and go vernance" How might rural policies be adapted in the future to take account of these processes" The results of FARO EU will help to answer these questions by reducing present uncertainties and contribute to defining appropriate future RD policies.
We will follow an innovative approach for rural areas, by analysing patterns and trends of a selection of territorial indicators specific for rural areas within a Spatial Regional Reference Framework. The particular role and relevance of forms of governance and IC T and their effectiveness will be assessed. A set of scenarios representing a full range of rural areas driving forces will be produced to asses effects of the rural policies with conditional probabilistic futures.
Scenarios will be
(a) quantified through a chain of economic, environmental and land use models
(b) qualified by SWOT analysis and (c) tested in five case study regions.
The outcomes of the project will have a strong foundation in policy realities policies because FARO EU will involve stakeholder s in rural development and policy makers at the national and EU levels in several workshops. Final recommendations will identify effectiveness of present defined in the new RD Programme and future policies.

Call for proposal

FP6-2005-SSP-5-A
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK
Address
Costerweg 50
Wageningen
Netherlands

Participants (9)

UNIVERSITE CATHOLOQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
Address
Place De 'Lúniversite, 1
Louvain-la-neuve
INSTYTUT EKONOMIKI ROLNICTWA I GOSPODARKI ZYWNOSCIOWEJ PIB
Poland
Address
Swietokrzyska 20
Warszawa
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
Address
6 Kensington Terrace
Newcastle Upon Tyne
UNIVERSITATEA DIN BUCURESTI
Romania
Address
Blvd. Mihail Kogalniceanu, No. 36-46, Sector 5
Bucharest
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
Address
Costerweg 50, 6701 Bh Wageningen
Wageningen
JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE
Belgium
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
Brussels
RED ESPANOLA DE DESARROLLO RURAL (SPANISH NETWORK FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT)
Spain
Address
Constancia 38, Local
Madrid
INSTYTUT BADAN SYSTEMOWYCH POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK / SYSTEMS RESEARCH INSTITUTE, POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Poland
Address
Newelska 6
Warszawa
UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
Address
Old College South Bridge
Edinburgh