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Report available - INTERGENERATIONAL WORKSHOP ON THE FUTURE OF RURAL EUROPE
Alongside the Latvian Rural Communities Parliament (14-16 June 2023) Forum Synergies organised together with the Latvian Rural Forum an intergenerational workshop on the future of Rural Europe.
Report by Adam Beswick - available here
We have come out with our call “No more business as usual” through our book Rural Europe Takes Action, published in 2022 in cooperation with ARC2020. It is time to take the next step and make things happen.
Get to know our HOST organisations!
Get a closer look at our new host DUPA GARD, Transilvania, RO. Get in touch through our scholarship programme - find mor informatione here:
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Michael Dower Memorial Event * Launch of the European Rural Resilience Award
On Saturday, 22nd April, friends and family of Michael Dower will gather in Dorset.
The Michael Dower Award for European Rural Resilience will be launched in honour of the late European Englishman, at an event dedicated to his life and work, in the Peak District National Park.
The event will be streamed live on the Youth Hostel Association YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@YHAEngland..., from 3:30pm on Saturday (16:30 CET). There will be break between around 6.30-8pm and then a resumé with the launch of the ‘The Michael Dower Award for European Rural Resilience’ (soon after 21:00 CET).
See the full programme here
Cres, the sheep, Europe - a recently published
Cres, the sheep, Europe - a recently published article in the Osservatorio balcani e caucaso transeuropa - read the full article here
Franjo Toic is closely connected to OTRA (OTočna Razvojna Agencija or in English - Island Development Agency - a local development agency located in Cres, a small town located on Cres island. OTRA is HOST-organisation in the frame of the Forum Synergies Scholarship Programme.
Scholarship Programme 2023 * REGSITRATION IS OPEN travel * make experiences * build upon our network * create your rural future
We offer young people the possibility to spend some relevant time in a place to make practical experiences of their choice in order to discover and learn from the experiences and practices of people & organisations dedicated to sustainable local & rural development. At the same time we are looking for people or organisations rich in experiences who are ready to host a trainee!
Get involved and join our scholarship community - find more info here
"The Common Agricultural Policy is an aberration with regard to the climate and environmental impact of agriculture" Hannes Lorenzen, agriculture expert, president of ARC2020 is the author of this article published in the renowned magazine Le Monde.
You can read the whole article - which is also referring to our book RURAL EUROPE TAKES ACTION - a collection of initiatives that show how change is possible - on the ARC2020 website link
- Chestnut Virtual Tour - Albanian Alps Alliance, 11.12.2022, 2:00 PM CET "Albanian Alps Alliance’’ [one of our Scholarship host organisations], within the project "Digi-Guide: classic trails in modern communication", supported by the program fund "Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust - PONT’’, is pleased to invite you to its activity that will conduct virtually in the Reçi Chestnut Forest, entitled "Digi-Guide on World Mountain Day - Chestnut Virtual tour’’, on behalf of International Mountain Day. To participate and learn more follow reading here
"Ökologisch Wirtschaften!" reloaded. Instead of "closing the shop" - which was the most likely scenario the evening before the board meeting - the association "Ökologisch Wirtschaften" on the North Frisian island of Pellworm now has a young islander as chairman. Levin Petersen is ready to take over and take action!
Read the whole article here
Ukrainian agriculture during the war: small farmers and households Our colleague Rostyslav Kos from Ukraine provided an article on the situation of agriculture for small farmers and households. Get an overview on the main sectors (grain, dairy, poultry and eggs, vegetables, fruits and berries directly below and read the full article here.
A tribute to Michael Dower "I’m gonna go now and get a cup of tea"... these were the last words Michael Dower shared with us in our virtual General Assembly of Forum Synergies on October 17th 2022. A few days later, on November 7th 2022, he sadly passed away.
We want to share with you this tribute to an extraordinary rural networker and motivator to take action now, written by Hannes Lorenzen: go to article