Horizon 2020 projects

  • SHERPA | Sustainable Hub to Engage into Rural Policies with Actors 

SHERPA aims to gather knowledge that contributes to the formulation of recommendations for future policies relevant to EU rural areas, by creating a science-society-policy interface.

  • DESIRA | Digitalisation: Economic and Social Impacts on Rural Areas

DESIRA aims to improve the capacity of society and political bodies to respond to the challenges that digitalisation generates in agriculture, forestry and rural areas.

  • POLIRURAL | Future Oriented Collaborative Policy Development for Rural Areas and People

PoliRural aims to provide the needed knowledge by combining several key activities to design effective place-based, human-centric and forward-looking rural policies.

  • LIAISON | Better Rural Innovation: Linking Actors, Instruments and Policies through Networks

LIAISON aims to help unlock the potential of “working in partnership for innovation” in agriculture, forestry and rural business.

  • RURALIZATION | The opening of rural areas to renew rural generations, jobs and farms

RURALIZATION aims at triggering a process of ruralisation, that is, a development towards a new rural frontier where new generations find economic and social opportunities.

  • RUBIZMO | Replicable business models for modern rural economies

RUBIZMO is a new European initiative working to discover the vital ingredients for developing entrepreneurship and successful business models in rural areas.

  • NEWBIE | New Entrant netWork: Business models for Innovation, entrepreneurship and resilience in European agriculture

The NEWBIE network has been designed to address the significant challenge of enabling new entrants to successfully establish sustainable farm businesses in Europe.

  • PHUSICOS | ‘According to nature’ – solutions to reduce risk in mountain landscapes
  • PHUSICOS, meaning ‘According to nature’ in Greek, demonstrates how nature-based solutions (NBSs) provide robust, sustainable and cost-effective measures for reducing the risk of extreme weather events in rural mountain landscapes.

    Other projects

    • MIDMACC Life project | Mid-mountain adaptation to climate change

    MIDMACC aims to promote adaptation through the implementation and testing of different landscape management measures to meet climate change related challenges in marginal mid-mountain areas of Spain, while improving their socioeconomic development.

    OREKA MENDIAN aims to develop a preservation strategy in mountain pasture environments, beginning with maintaining its traditional use.

    The MONTCLIMA project will develop the first transnational strategic framework for prevention and management of natural hazards in mountain areas for the SUDOE territory.

    • SCALABLE | Social-ecological pathways and gender perspectives for future conservation of biocultural mountain agro-ecosystem

    SCALABLE’s project will identify how gender equity can promote pathways for the future conservation of mountain agricultural landscapes in the biocultural regions of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in southern Spain.

    European Institutions and Agencies

    Joint Research Centre – JRC

    Research Executive Agency – REA

    Directorate General for Climate Action (European Commission)

    Directorate General for Environment (European Commission)

    Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development (European Commission)

    Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy (European Commission)

    Intergroup on Rural, Mountainous and Remote Areas & Smart Villages– RUMRA (European Parliament)

    Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (European Parliament)

    Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (European Parliament)

    European Organisations

    Euromontana | European Association of Mountain Areas

    ECOLISE | European network for community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability

    European Network for Rural Development (ENRD)

    European Innovation Partnership for Agriculture (EIP-AGRI)

    European Evaluation Helpdesk for Rural Development

    Labex ITTEM | Innovations et Transitions territoriales en montagne

    Institute for Alpine Environment – Eurac Research

    International Organisations

    Mountain Research Initiative

    GEO Mountains

    Mountain Partnership (FAO)

    United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

    United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

    OECD – Regional, Rural and Urban Development

    OECD – Rural Development and Rural Well-being