LDnet is co-organising with ELARD this event as part of EWRC 2017. It will take place from 14:30 to 17:00 on Tuesday 10 October 2017 in Room VMA1 of the Committee of the Regions, followed by a networking session co-hosted by the Regional Studies Association. To register click on: EWRC. The event ref no is: 10B39.
Against the background of official celebrations of “25 years of LEADER/CLLD” the event will offer an opportunity to take a critical view of how CLLD works in practice and the challenges it faces in different contexts, and to start forming a ‘visionary’ perspective as to how CLLD should look like post-2020.
Communities as change agents: local development in the EU beyond 2020
The application of territorial approaches, especially Community-Led Local Development, is regarded as an effective tool for pursuing cohesion objectives and for reconnecting local communities with the EU policies. As time draws closer to start preparing for the post-2020 EU funding period, it is a good moment to reflect on what local development, including LEADER/CLLD, has achieved indifferent types of areas, and how its application can be enhanced and improved in the future.
Against this background, the event will offer a series of examples showcasing the impact of CLLD in different contexts (rural, urban, fisheries etc., from different EU Member States), followed by a debate of experts and practitioners on how this approach can be used to address key challenges such as growing inequalities, globalisation, climate change, refugees and migrants, through innovative multi-sector solutions at the local level. The format of the event will make it possible to combine the very practical, hands-on experience of local actors with the broader views of networks and associations, programme authorities, researchers and experts at regional, national and EU level and to develop conclusions and recommendations on how local development/CLLD can better contribute to cohesion policy in the future, and what should be done, starting from now, to make this happen. The challenges of ensuring that the delivery systems are compatible with the full application of the CLLD method, and of capturing more consistently the impact of CLLD, will also be addressed.
A networking session will follow co-hosted by the Regional Studies Association and will offer a further opportunity for exchanges between different local development stakeholders; in particular it will aim to facilitate linkages between practitioners and researchers.
Kristiina Tammets, President ELARD
Luis Chaves, Portuguese LEADER Network Minha Terra
Eileen Humphreys, President LDnet / Limerick City & County Council
Peter Ramsden, LDnet / URBACT / Freiss ltd
Robert Lukesch, LDnet / ÖAR
Professor Gordon Dabinett, RSA / University of Sheffield
Urszula Budzich-Tabor, Vice President LDnet / FARNET