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“One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.”
– Shannon L. Alder 


The topic of climate change can be very frustrating and when only focussing on the facts very harmful in its action potential. Therefore, it is important to share what is already being done, empower rural areas that their stance in this is important because they are essential players in the field of maintaining or even restoring natural resources while already oberserving many of the damages caused by the climate emergency. With ‘GIRA’ we hope to foster civic engagement and show that there are already good examples, where people-led movements have started combatting climate change in their unique way. Every participating rural area – in Sweden, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Poland and Greece – have shown that a variety of different efforts already exist. Feel free to review our transnational project meetings and see what other initiatives might have already begun. Climate change doesn’t stop at borders!

GIRA: Follow our steps via Video!

The French Radio Sensation / TV78 had been following our project from the very beginning, covering all our transnational project meetings, where visits to local stakeholders such as regenerative farms, schools, civil movements and initiatives, circular economy corporations and many more have taken place. The nearly 20min episodes review the project, give insight into the visited sites and include interviews with both participants from all participating countries and the organizations visited.

Published on Youtube on their official channel – see here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmscMd5GBLRgBBNBn45jaqdKUm-UbaOnH

or on our website within each transnational project meeting – see here http://ruralareas.eu/transnat-meetings/

you can have a watch and review what GIRA consisted of,  get inspired by international best practice examples and learn about initiatives, policies and  support!

Webtalk on European Green Deal with Prof. Ringel from TEAM Europe

Great, participants from all six participating countries of the Strategic Partnership  “Green Initiatives in Rural Areas” (GIRA) did take part in the recent web talk with Prof. Ringel from the TEAM Europe, the speaker team of the European Commission.

Prof. Ringel accompanied us through the broad spectrum of the European Green Deal from its very beginning up to now. We delved into the different aspects this very broad policy area provides. One can say it will  be really one of the most ambitious European aims in politics of the foreseeable future.

In the discussion we also considered the aspects of what the rural areas and the local communities if not the single citizens can do within the framework of green policy. It was very important for the project group to get these additional information to delve deeper into the topic that we are working on.

Good to see that even in times of pandemic European cooperation is possible.

Already broad dissemination in Sweden

In Sweden GIRA is already disseminated on a broad scale. A first newsletter was send out after some local meetings and preparations. Especially in pandemic times this is a heartwarming and encouraging move to open up this European project to a broader public alraedy in this very early phase of the strategic parnership.

You can read the newsletter in two ways:

Here the original newsletter as PDF download. (Swedish language)

And here also an English summary newsletter as PDF download .

Steering committee – working on final report

Our Startegic Partnership comes slowly to an end. The steering committee had almost its final Skype conference to coordinate the final report for ERASMUS+ but also discussed how we can proceed with the topic of rural areas. And many ideas are already on the agenda. It turned out that rural development is really a hot topic in Europe and there are so many creative ways of fighting the challenges. But its still a lot to do and develop. We keep on going and commit ourselves to rural development in the future.

Steering committee is active and (net)working

It’s the heart of the project – our steering committee consisting of all project partner. We think it is a good sign for an active project that the committee is regularly in contact, having Skype meetings, documenting everything in written minutes etc. By the turn of the year we will go to the final phase of the project. We still have two transnational meetings in 2019 and the writing of the manual has already started. That’s good progress.

We are looking forward to the things that will come. We are ready and very confident that we will finish the project accroding to our aims. See u all in 2019.



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