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New Activists For Rural Development- Meet Artis Krists Mednis from Latvia

Artis is a 20 year young person from Latvia who at an early age realized that each individual in our society is taking the responsibility for both positive and negative things. In the beginning, curiosity was the fuel to be an active member of his community, now it is complemented by the awareness of how much there is still to improve in its way of living. One sentence about him: a creative organiser who constantly wants to understand 'Why?' Artis think he is an activist because of his inabil...
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New Activists For Rural Development- Meet Tomas Harant from Czech Republic

Tomas Harant is 24 years old and comes from Czech Republic. A university student, fan of technological innovation, he has been working since two and half years in the Local Action Group “Naděje”, located in north-western part of Czech Republic. As an active Local Action Group, they are using the LEADER/CLLD method, which is very important instrument in a rural development sector, so they are constantly analysing problems and situation in respective LAG area and according to results they are a...
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From Hystory of PREPARE- Gathering 2007 in Poland

The 2007 PREPARE Gathering was organized by the Polish Rural Forum (FAOW). The main meeting took place in Przemysl, and the four Travelling Workshops (with 45 Travellers and 54 local participants) visited projects on both sides of the Polish-Ukrainian border, including bicycle routes dedicated to the memory of the Good Soldier Svejk; small community schools and educational organisations; historical monuments and a wide range of local business activities. The plenary meeting on October 11 was ...
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New Activists For Rural Development- Marta Vergara Fores from Spain

Marta Vergara Forés lives in Oviedo, in the capital of the beautiful land of Asturias, Spain. She considers herselve a cheerful, outgoing person, with character and self-confident when Marta have to make her own decisions. She like to get as involved as possible in  work to achieve the goals. In relation to the rural milieu, she believes that anyone who is dedicated to and empathizes with this field of work (a very extensive and beautiful area) could be considered a true activist and defender of...
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From Hystory of PREPARE- PREPARE Gathering 2006

PREPARE Gathering 2006 was held at Velehrad, in south-eastern Moravia, Czech Republic, 21 to 23 June 2006.    The Gathering was preceded by two-day Travelling Workshops,starting in Prague on Monday 19 June.  The hosts where the Czech National Rural Observatory, the Czech Network of Local Action Groups and the Buchlov Local Action Group in Moravia.  The theme of the Gathering was „The evolution and activity of Local Action Groups,and their role in Rural Development Programmes?” . All members o...
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New Activists For Rural Development- Meet Rinor Ahmeti from Kosovo

Rinor Ahmeti is 22 years old and he comes from Kosovo, but is currently studying and staying in Hungary. He is highly passionate about developing his career in the field of Rural Development. According to him local organisations are very important in providing services for their communities. Considering that he is a volunteer in another organisation, being a new rural development activist would assist him to grow both professionally and personally. His main purpose is to be engaged and contribut...
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Forum Synergies and Latvian Rural forum Scholarship programme brings people together

In October under the Scholarship programme, the Latvian Local Action Group “Jūras Zeme” was hosting  a young man from Croatia Franjo Toic. To encourage other young peole to participate un the programme, here is a story from Franjo http://www.forum-synergies.eu/article154.html Early this year, I noticed the information that there was an open call for scholarship provided by Forum Synergies. I never had the opportunity to be on an exchange program, so I decided to apply and after some time of t...
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New Activists For Rural Development- Meet Rimvydas Palubinskas from Lithuania

Rimvydas Palubinskas is the leader of Alvitas rural community. Within the Vilkaviškis region local action group, his community takes an active part in the development of the local development strategy. He was elected to the VAG (Vilkaviškis activity group) council for ten years. At this time Rimvydas  became a member of the council in Vilkaviškis region department and a vice-chairman of the rural business committee.  He is very keen on rural development,  interested in innovations and takes part...
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From History of PREPARE- 3rd – 8th October 2005: A long but interesting PREPARE Gathering in Latvia and Lithuania

Participants from Croatia, Cyprus, Slovenia, Hungary, Macedonia, UK, Belarus, Poland, Romania, Belgium arrived in Lithuania on the 3rd of October 2005 and gathered in Ukmergė. After a nice social evening with different drinks brought by international participants, early on the chilly morning of 4th of October,  they left by minibuses to different parts of Lithuania The first team, led by Guoda Burokienė, headed south to the ethnographic region of Lithuania – Dzūkija, where they met local rura...
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New Activists For Rural Development- Meet Jakub Dvorsky from Slovakia

Jakub Dvorský (25) is from a small village called Lišov, situated in the south part of Slovakia with only 250 inhabitants  now, while in the past it was around 800. The village is without water and sewage system, no phone reception, very high unemployment. When he was 18, Jakub left home and went to work abroad, mainly as a volunteer. He was involved in several projects based in rural areas, in different countries of Europe and Africa. In 2015 Jakub came back and set up a new NGO called Lišov...
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