As a partner on the RUSTIK project, ELARD is thrilled to share with you the latest findings from researching the methodological framework on defining Functional Rural Areas (FRAs) and rural transitions. This comprehensive report actively aims to shed light on the concept of FRAs and actively explores the similarities and differences with current definitions of rural areas at the European level, encompassing both EU and non-EU countries.
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This report is structured into four insightful parts. Providing a comprehensive overview of the subject matter, here’s a brief overview:
Part 1: Theoretical Framework for Analyzing the Functions of Rural Areas
At first, the report delves into the theoretical foundations that underpin the analysis of functions in rural areas. By actively exploring various perspectives and approaches, it establishes a solid foundation for understanding the complex dynamics at play in FRAs.
Part 2: Current Approaches to Functional Areas
At this instant, this RUSTIK project output extensively examines existing approaches to functional areas, with a particular emphasis on rural regions. By drawing upon the scientific and practical literature. Through active analysis, it identifies key insights and best practices that inform our understanding of FRAs.
Part 3: Main Proposals and Operational Implications
This section actively focuses on presenting our main proposals concerning Functional Rural Areas and their operational implications. The authors emphasize the variables and indicators that can be employed to effectively define FRAs. After all, it addresses existing gaps and actively suggests ways to bridge them. And ensuring a robust and inclusive framework for defining FRAs.
Part 4: Indicative Outline of Pilot Region Analysis
At least, as a crucial part of the research, the report outlines the analysis plan for 14 Living Labs to pilot rural transitions on local and regional levels. Among these Living Labs, there are three Local Action Groups from Austria, Bulgaria, and Italy.
Finally, we are excited about the implications of this report and its potential to drive positive change in rural development strategies. We aim to provide a clearer understanding of Functional Rural Areas and their significance. Our goal is to facilitate more targeted and effective policies and initiatives for these regions.
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