The rural regions of the Nordic countries comprise an abundance of natural resources and a big bioeconomy potential. Sustainable development of these rural regions is important for the entire Nordic region. On this page, you can learn about our latest projects related to rural development.
Evaluation of Åland Rural Programme 2014-2020
The project aims to contribute to the better targeted support for rural development of Åland within the framework of the programme and to support a common learning process regarding to the monitoring and evaluation. Find out more about the project.
Sustainable Rural Development
In the Nordic region, there are increasing regional imbalances between urban and rural areas in terms of population change, economic development, access to services, and social outcomes. The Nordic thematic group on sustainable rural development 2017-2020 explores these development paths and policies supporting or mitigating the changes. Find out more about the thematic group for sustainable rural development.
MAMBA (Maximised Mobility and Accessibility of Services in Regions Affected by Demographic Change)
The MAMBA project aims to promote “people-to-service” and “service-to-people” mobility solutions in rural areas, as well as residents’ participation in rural mobility design processes. MAMBA is funded by Interreg Baltic Sea Region. Demographic change and limited public finances endanger the accessibility of services, goods and social life in many rural areas in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). It is becoming increasingly difficult to ensure not only individual “people-to-service” mobility, but also the supply of “service-to-people” mobility (e.g. home care for elderly or various delivery services) in these sparsely populated regions. The MAMBA project aims to improve both dimensions of mobility through a number of activities. Find out more about MAMBA.
SEMPRE promotes empowerment in social service provision in rural areas of the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). Social service providers such as welfare and public sector organisations, NGOs and social enterprises are encouraged and enabled to involve end-users – namely members of disadvantaged groups such as single parents, the elderly or migrants – in the development and delivery of social services. Find out more about SEMPRE.
Rural realities in the Nordic countries
The aim of the project is to highlight the living conditions that women and men face in Nordic rural communities, and how they affect the migration patterns in the Nordic countries. Both women and men in the Nordic countries are moving to the cities. Limited opportunities for education, jobs and political influence are some of the reasons women choose to leave rural communities. Find out more about the project.
The project analyzes the implementation of the Agenda 2030 at the local level in the Nordic countries. Find out more about Agenda 2030.
GRETA – Green infrastructure: enhancing biodiversity and ecosystem services for territorial development
The collaborative ESPON project GRETA aims to develop a comprehensive knowledge base for enhancing green infrastructures to benefit territorial development in different European regions and cities. Find our more about GRETA.
Evaluation of Åland “Entrepreneurship and Competence” Programme 2014-2020
The aim is to improve the quality of the Åland’s “Entrepreneurship and Competence” programme implementation and to assess its effectiveness and impact. The assignment is done in close cooperation with the programme’s administrative authority (The Government of Åland). Find out more about the project.
RELOCAL (Resituating the local in cohesion and territorial development)
Location matters. Where one is born and raised (still) determines to a considerable extent one’s opportunities and constrictions and it also impacts on one’s personality. After a long period of catching-up for most of the disadvantaged regions, inequalities among regions within Member States are now growing again. Find out more about RELOCAL.
ESPON COMPASS (2016-2018)
Comparative Analysis of Territorial Governance and Spatial Planning Systems in Europe (COMPASS) is an ESPON Applied Research Project, which will provide an authoritative comparative report on territorial governance and spatial planning systems in Europe. The project will substantially improve the knowledge based on territorial governance and spatial planning, and in particular, their role in the formulation and implementation of EU Cohesion Policy. Find out more about ESPON COMPASS.
Social Green – Regional Policies towards Greening the Social Housing Sector
The Social Green project intends to address the issue of green social housing in order to contribute to reduce the GHG emissions as well as to reduce the fuel poverty indicators in EU regions towards a lower carbon economy. Find out more about Social Green.
REGINA – Regional Innovation in the Nordic Arctic and Scotland with a special focus on regions with large-scale projects. The project aims to reduce the vulnerability and increase the preparedness of small communities in remote and sparsely populated areas of the Nordic Arctic and Scotland towards the development – or closing-down – of large-scale, resource-based industries. Find out more about REGINA.