Living Lab Development within the Horizon Ruralities Project: A Collaborative Approach
The Horizon Ruralities project, spearheaded by an Italian consortium led by the Cecchi Institute in Pesaro, envisions a Living Lab as a pivotal element in addressing the ongoing transformation of rural areas due to climate and economic changes. Focused on fostering sustainable agricultural practices, the project aims to establish a robust agricultural supply chain, with a specific emphasis on cultivating Cardamom.
Structured as a two-fold initiative, the Living Lab is strategically designed to engage both the industrial and agricultural sectors, as well as educational institutions. The Cecchi Institute’s framework outlines a comprehensive model, beginning with the cultivation of Cardamom and extending into a series of synergistic actions with public and private entities.
The proposed Living Lab will function as a dynamic platform, facilitating collaboration between stakeholders and driving innovation in agricultural practices. It emphasizes a circular economy approach, aligning with the broader goal of rural development.
Key Components of the Living Lab:
Living Lab Integration with Horizon Ruralities:
Aligned with the broader Horizon Ruralities framework, the Living Lab seeks integration into the Rural Development and Research Platform (RDRP) Knowledge Ecosystem. This integration aims to share resources, collaborate on projects with similar interests, and contribute to the overall development of intelligent regional systems.
Mission and Vision:
The mission of the Living Lab is to develop enduring, sustainable, and inclusive rural systems through participatory knowledge and action. Its vision is to be the core hub for rural development in the Montefeltro region and Pesaro-Urbino province.
In conclusion, the Living Lab within the Horizon Ruralities project emerges as a transformative force, uniting diverse stakeholders to address the challenges of rural transformation and sustainable agriculture. Through collaboration and innovation, it aspires to be a beacon for intelligent regional development and resilient communities
Location: Pesaro, Italia
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation program under grant agreement no 101060876. UK participants in Horizon Europe Project RURALITIES are supported by UKRI grant numbers: 10051963 The Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership and 10050988 Earthwatch Europe.