RURALITIES valorises the outcomes of projects funded under various EU-focused programmes (FP7, H2020, Interreg, COST, LIFE, PRIMA, etc.) and beyond (especially from the African union panorama). These projects, initiatives or preparatory actions also include other arenas (LEADER, EIP-AGRI Smart rural project, etc.) and other non-EU relevant actions which, strictly, “produced practical tools to develop and/or implement strategies and roadmaps in (the) various domains” tackled by RURALITIES, particularly, living labs, activities related to eco- and smart-villages. Also, innovation activities and innovative solutions, especially social innovation, a key driver of the project (Citizen Science, etc.). RURALITIES aims at generating momentum at specific stages via synergies with other RURNex-related initiatives and projects.
The main aim of the project synergies is to build upon evidence (uptake) and share (transfer) knowledge, thus generate two-ways knowledge exchange and augmentation, structure meaningful interactions, combining joint-efforts to enhance and optimise the use of resources, ensure alignment with all applicable frameworks, strengthen cooperative mechanisms between all actors of targeted spheres considering all four levers of change (transformation) e.g., science and innovation, economy and finance, individual and collective action and governance.
RURALITIES especially seeks synergies with the European Research Area (ERA) local and regional structures, and the project’ identified targeted audiences as well, also EU regional agencies, notably with the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), to name but these few. Synergies with the said organisations, among other key objectives, aim to foster place-based funding instruments to further enhance and deploy the project’s solutions, thus ensuring a higher impact on science journalism.
RURALITIES synergetic mechanisms develop in two distinct levels: (a) joint-efforts from miscellaneous projects (EU-funded and beyond), including those delivering on science journalism, to implement co-creation of miscellaneous components of the project’s outcomes, especially with other EU funded project under comparable topics, and; (b) joint-efforts with projects delivering on citizen science (CS) to implement awareness-raising and dissemination events.
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The LEAP-RE project is recognising that sustainable and clean sources of energy are needed to reduce climate change. The European Green Deal reinforces Europe’s commitment to developing and improving renewable energies at home and abroad. Within this context, the EU is actively fostering the adoption of renewable energy solutions in Africa. Supported by EU funding, the LEAP-RE project within a five year period (2020 – 2025), will establish a long-term partnership of African and European stakeholders in government, research and academia, the private sector and civil society. In its mission to develop renewable energy as a sustainable source of energy for all in Africa, the project will work to reduce fragmentation by aligning existing bilateral and multilateral frameworks. It brings together a large-scale consortium of 96 partners from 34 countries and two international organisations.
The FOOD 2030 Online Platform is a common platform for all projects, partnerships, networks, living labs, communities of practice and other initiatives dedicated to transforming the food system for the benefit of the people and the planet.
This platform is being developed as a part of the CLEVERFOOD project funded by Horizon Europe. CLEVERFOOD coordinates and supports cross-project collaboration and knowledge sharing by establishing these networks. Ruralities has joined this collaboration network. We will bring all the existing initiatives together for maximum leverage in transforming the food system.
Pilgrimage routes are a significant cultural, economic and political asset for Europe. While some routes already benefit from strong support from regional, national and European institutions, the EU-funded rurAllure project will help ensure that nearby provinces and regions of a predominantly rural nature (which are facing significant economic and demographic challenges) also benefit from the flows of pilgrims.
The project will establish a network of cultural institutions, such as museums and natural heritage sites, that could benefit from increased visibility among those who travel along the pilgrimage routes. The portal also provides local economic actors with a space to share their services to the world-wide pilgrim community.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation program under grant agreement no 101060876.