"Rural potentials for regional development"

From November 27 to 28 2008 "Rural Potentials for Regional Development" took place in Vienna, a joint conference of the 6th Framework Programme projects TERESA and ETUDE. On two days, the main contemporary issues in rural development policy were discussed by scientists and politicians from all over Europe.

On this page you can find all presentations and discussion workshop reports from the conference as pdf-downloads (for pdf-files get the Adobe® Reader).

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Thursday 27th November: Regions engaging in rural development: The impact of policy strategies

Introducing plenary presentations

Welcoming address

  • Reinhard Mang (Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Austria)
  • Erich Dallhammer (ÖIR/TERESA): Introduction

Introducing day 1

  • Franz Fischler (former Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, Franz Fischler Consult, Austria): Europe’s Rural Future

Introducing day 2

Thematic plenary presentations

Parallel thematic discussion presentations

I: How can the structural separation of rural and regional development be challenged?

  • Chair: Marte Bjørnsen (Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, Oslo)
  • Erich Dallhammer (ÖIR/TERESA): 5 Challenges and 5 Hypothesis
  • Han Wiskerke (Wageningen University/ETUDE): Regional differentiation
  • Rapporteur: Steinar Johansen (Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, Oslo)

II: What makes rural regions successful and what is the role agriculture plays?

  • Chair: Cosmin Salasaan (Center for Rural Assistance, Timişoara)
  • Bernd Schuh (ÖIR/TERESA, Vienna)
  • Flaminia Ventura (Perugia University/ETUDE, Periugia): Rural web and role of agriculture
  • Kees de Roest (Research Center for Animal Production, Reggio Emilia)
  • Rapporteur: Thomas Streifeneder (EURAC Research, Bozen/Bolzano)

III: What is the contribution of local capacity to rural development?

Friday 28th November: Regions dealing with disturbances: Resilience and diversification

Thematic plenary presentations

Parallel thematic discussion presentations

I: When is further diversification desirable for sustainable rural development?

II: Which policies and strategies would make rural areas more resilient?

  • Chair: Erich Dallhammer (ÖIR/TERESA)
  • Sigrid Stagl (SPRU, University of Sussex/TERESA, Brighton)
  • Pierluigi Milone (Perugia University/ETUDE, Perugia): Rural areas: a new policy perspective
  • Guillaume Deffuant (CEMAGREF, Laboratoire d'Ingénierie des Systèmes Complexes, Aubière Cedex)
  • Rapporteur: Marte Bjørnsen (Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, Oslo): Report

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