Harnessing Community Power: The Croatian Rural Development Network (HMRR) and Its Role in the PREPARE Network

The Croatian Rural Development Network (HMRR) stands as a beacon of collaborative rural advancement in Croatia and beyond, showcasing its profound impact on local and regional development through its active involvement in the PREPARE network. Vision and Mission of HMRR Founded in 2007, HMRR has consistently worked towards fostering sustainable development in Croatian rural areas. By uniting a diverse range of civil society organizations, HMRR promotes partnership, knowledge transfer, and colle...
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Newsletter PREPARE (April-June 2024)

Welcome to the latest edition of the PREPARE Network Newsletter, spanning April to June 2024. This quarter, we focus on key initiatives and significant events aimed at fostering rural development across Europe. From the Rural Pact Policy Action Lab to innovative projects like FUTURAL and GRANULAR, this period has been bustling with activity. Let’s dive into the highlights.
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Strengthening Rural Latvia: The Impact of Latvian Rural Forum Within the PREPARE Network

As an integral member of the PREPARE network, the Latvian Rural Forum (LRF) is a key player in advocating for sustainable rural development across Latvia. Through its active involvement in both national and European platforms, LRF has continually worked towards enhancing the vitality of rural communities, making it a model for collaboration and rural innovation. Advocacy and Community Engagement LRF actively represents the interests of rural inhabitants in Latvia at national and international ...
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PREPARE Activates Three Replication Labs within the GRANULAR-Horizon Project

PREPARE aisbl (Partnership for Rural Europe) has announced the activation of three new Replication Labs as part of the HORIZON research project GRANULAR. The initiative marks a significant step forward in enhancing rural development across Europe, with the labs being established in Latvia, Serbia, and Moldova. Workshop in Pisa Sets the Stage The activation of these labs follows a pivotal workshop held in Pisa, Italy, on June 27-28. 2024 attended by four prominent members of PREPARE: Goran Šost...
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FUTURAL Project Open Call: Empowering Rural Innovation

The FUTURAL Project is excited to announce its open call for innovative solutions aimed at transforming rural areas across Europe. This initiative seeks projects that address key challenges in five critical domains: circular bioeconomy, resilience to shocks, citizen engagement, lifelong education, and climate adaptation. Successful applicants will receive funding and support to bring their visionary ideas to life, promoting sustainable and resilient rural communities. Key Domains of Focus: ...
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RURBANIVE Plenary Meeting – M6 Recap

We are excited to share the outcomes of the RURBANIVE Plenary Meeting held on June 26-27, 2024. This significant event was conducted virtually via MS Teams, bringing together all consortium partners, including PREPARE, to evaluate progress, plan future activities, and reinforce our commitment to fostering rural-urban synergies. Day 1 Overview: The first day of the plenary meeting was dedicated to updates on project management, ethics, and data management. Here are some key sessions: ...
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Empowering Rural Futures: Highlights from the FUTURAL 1st Annual Meeting in Pisa

Pisa, June 19, 2024 – The curtains closed on the FUTURAL project's first annual meeting, a vibrant gathering that concluded on Wednesday in Pisa, Italy. The event brought together experts, community leaders, and innovators, all committed to fostering resilient and sustainable rural communities across Europe. Collaborative Efforts to Enhance Rural Innovation This year’s meeting spotlighted the Multi Actor Pilots (MAPs), which focus on six designated rural areas: Kythira, Greece; Birda, Romania;...
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Expanding Horizons: The Albanian Network for Rural Development’s Role in the PREPARE Network

In the heart of the Balkans, the Albanian Network for Rural Development (ANRD) is championing the cause of rural revitalization, leveraging local initiatives with global partnerships through its active membership in the PREPARE network. This article delves into ANRD's achievements, its contribution to rural development in Albania, and the broader impact of its engagement with the PREPARE network, encouraging other organizations to join this transformative collaboration. Pioneering Rural Develop...
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VIPA Slovakia: Pioneering Rural Revitalization within the PREPARE Network

Nestled in the heart of Europe, Slovakia's rural regions boast lush landscapes and rich cultural traditions, yet they face typical rural challenges such as depopulation, economic stagnation, and limited access to services. Addressing these issues head-on is the Vidiecky parlament na Slovensku (Rural Parliament in Slovakia), known as VIPA, a key organization within the PREPARE network committed to enhancing the vibrancy and viability of rural areas. VIPA Slovakia's Role in the PREPARE Network A...
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Empowering Rural Communities: Highlights from the Rural Pact Policy Action Lab

Written by Āris Ādlers, President of PREPARE On May 22, 2024, the Rural Pact Support Office organized a Policy Action Lab dedicated to enhancing the implementation of the Rural Vision and Pact at the local level. This pivotal event convened key stakeholders to pinpoint the necessary components for successful local implementation and to explore strategies for bringing the Rural Pact closer to citizens. Āris Ādlers, President of PREPARE, was among the attendees, contributing valuable insigh...
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