Archive for the LEADER Approach Activities Category

LAG – from local initiative to leading concept for rural community development

LAG – from local initiative to leading concept for rural community development

On November 4th, in Shtip, the Rural Development Network of the Republic of Macedonia (RDN of the RM) organized the event “LAG – from local initiative to leading concept for rural community development” to promote 4 Local Action Groups (LAGs) initiatives created in accordance with the EU LEADER approach. Supported by the USAID Adaptation to Climate Change in Agriculture (ACCA) project, RDN provided a comprehensive capacity building training program on EU LEADER approach specifics encompassing stakeholders of the public, civil and business sector from 17 municipalities in the Eastern and Southeastern region of Macedonia. As a result of this process, the four LAGs finalized 4 Local Development Strategies incorporating actions to improve stakeholders’ inclusion in the decision making process for issues with relevance to their local community.

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ELARD representative visiting Macedonia

ELARD representative visiting Macedonia

On May 26th and 27th, the President of the European LEADER Association for Rural Development – ELARD, Ms. Kristiina Tammets, together with two representatives of the Estonian National Rural Development Network and the Estonian Ministry of Rural Affairs, visited Macedonia. The Rural Development Network of the Republic of Macedonia – RDN of the RM, as member of ELARD since 2011, organized this two-day visit, with the support of the USAID Adaptation to Climate Change in Agriculture project.

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Introduction to the Characteristics of the EU LEADER Approach

Introduction to the Characteristics of the EU LEADER Approach

After the initial promotion of EU LEADER approach in Dojran and Shtip, the Rural Development Network of the Republic of Macedonia started organizing workshops for detailed presentation of LEADER methodology and its seven characteristics:

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EU LEADER Approach Promoted in the East Planning Region of the Republic of Macedonia

EU LEADER Approach Promoted in the East Planning Region of the Republic of Macedonia

More than 30 representatives of local self-government, civil and business sector from the east planning region of the Republic of Macedonia attended the EU LEADER promotional event, which was held on February 22nd in Shtip. The Rural Development Network of the Republic of Macedonia (RDN of RM) together with the Center for Development of the East Planning Region (CDEPR), presented activities related to the EU LEADER approach and emphasized the significance of LEADER as a future IPARD measure in the Republic of Macedonia.

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Promotion of EU LEADER Approach in Southeast Planning Region of the Republic of Macedonia

Promotion of EU LEADER Approach in Southeast Planning Region of the Republic of Macedonia

On February 18th, at the hotel Romantik in Dojran, the Rural Development Network of the Republic of Macedonia (RDN of RM) together with the Center for Development of the Southeast Planning Region (CDSEPR) held an informative workshop to present the activities related to EU LEADER approach and to emphasize the significance of LEADER as a future IPARD measure in the Republic of Macedonia.

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Celebrating the Day of the Local Action Group Belasica–Ograzden

Celebrating the Day of the Local Action Group Belasica–Ograzden

During the last year the Rural Development Network of the Republic of Macedonia has implemented piloting LEADER approach activities in the Southeast Planning Region. LEADER approach, as one of the IPARD measures, promotes cooperation between the public, civil and business sector and encourages them to investigate new ways for joint efforts for improving their basic livelihoods. Hence, LEADER contributes to improving the quality of life in rural areas, both for the farming families and for the wider rural population.

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Capacity Building Workshop on LEADER Approach Held

Capacity Building Workshop on LEADER Approach Held

On April 27th in Delchevo, the Rural Development Network of the Republic of Macedonia organized the third workshop for familiarizing the East Planning Region stakeholders with LEADER approach and building their capacities on this future IPARD measure in the Republic of Macedonia. Around 20 participants improved their skills in preparing municipal and micro region SWOT analysis.

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RDN Continues the Implementation of LEADER Approach Activities

RDN Continues the Implementation of LEADER Approach Activities

The Rural Development Network of the Republic of Macedonia realized series of activities linked to the promotion of EU LEADER Approach in 4 municipalities of the South-East Planning region: Strumica, Vasilevo, Bosilevo and Novo Selo, within the USAID Adaptation to Climate Change in Agriculture Project. The implemented activities aimed to develop the capacities of all stakeholders in these rural areas in order to improve their knowledge and capability for participative planning in making important decisions for the community.

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Presentation of LEADER Principles in the Eastern Planning Region

The Rural Development Network of the Republic of Macedonia continues the implementation of LEADER approach in the Eastern Planning Region, within the USAID Adaptation to Climate Change in Agriculture Project, through capacity building of the stakeholders in four municipalities: Berovo, Pehchevo, Delchevo and Makedonska Kamenica. In this regard, on March 19th in Berovo, RDN organized a workshop where LEADER principles on tripartite public-private partnership, “bottom-up approach” and “area based development” were presented. The event gathered 30 representatives of the public, civic and private sector.

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Initial Meeting on LEADER Approach

Initial Meeting on LEADER Approach

On Wednesday, February 11th 2015, at the Municipality of Berovo, the Rural Development Network of the Republic of Macedonia organized an initial meeting for promotion of LEADER approach in the East Planning Region of Macedonia. The event gathered more than 25 representatives of the public, civil and business sector from the municipalities of Berovo, Pehchevo, Delchevo and Makedonska Kamenica, as well as representatives of the Center for Development of the East Planning Region. The attendants were introduced with the basic principles of the LEADER approach as one of the future IPARD 2 measures.

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Travelling Workshop Report Published “Empowering Rural Stakeholders in the Western Balkans”

Travelling Workshop Report Published “Empowering Rural Stakeholders in the Western Balkans”

This event which was held in the period from March 31st until April 2nd 2014, was jointly initiated by the Standing Working Group for Rural Development in South Eastern Europe (SWG), which represents the governments in the region, and the PREPARE Partnership for Rural Europe, with the support of TAIEX, and the Rural Development Networks of Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro.

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PREPARE GATHERING 2014: Raising the Voice of Rural Europe

PREPARE GATHERING 2014: Raising the Voice of Rural Europe

The representative of the Rural Development network of the Republic of Macedonia along with around 20 participants from different European countries attended this year’s PREPARE Gathering in Finland and Estonia from 5th to 9th September. The representatives of many national rural movements and networks had the opportunity to exchange experiences and learn from each other with a common objective: Raising the voice of rural Europe.

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Manual for use of the rulebooks for implementation of LEADER as IPARD measure for rural development

Manual for use of the rulebooks for implementation of LEADER as IPARD measure for rural development

Within the activities of the USAID Adaptation to Climate Change in Agriculture project, the Rural Development Network of the Republic of Macedonia prepared this Manual for use of the rulebooks for implementation of LEADER as IPARD measure for rural development. The two rulebooks published by MAFWE provide guidance on the content and methodology for preparation of local development strategies, as well as the conditions for registration of local action group LAG.

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Rural Development in the Western Balkan Region and Turkey – Empowering Rural Stakeholders and the LEADER approach – video

Rural Development in the Western Balkan Region and Turkey – Empowering Rural Stakeholders and the LEADER approach – video

The event was jointly initiated by the Standing Working Group for Rural Development in the Western Balkans (SWG) and the PREPARE Partnership for Rural Europe, with the support of TAIEX, the Rural Development Network of the Republic of Macedonia, Rural Development Network of Serbia and Rural Development Network of Montenegro.

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Rural Development in the Western Balkan Region and Turkey – Empowering Rural Stakeholders and the LEADER approach

Rural Development in the Western Balkan Region and Turkey – Empowering Rural Stakeholders and the LEADER approach

The LEADER method has proven to be a major success story in mobilizing rural stakeholders for cooperation on a local and sub-regional level and in building good relations between administrations and the key actors in rural development.

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RDN of RM Participated in European Affairs Committee

RDN of RM Participated in European Affairs Committee

On October 29th 2013, the President of the Rural Development Network of the Republic of Macedonia, Petar Gjorgievski, participated in the Sixth extension of 42nd session of the European Affairs Committee, dedicated to public debate on “Using funds from the instrument for pre-accession assistance-IPA” in the Republic of Macedonia.

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Rural Development Network of the Republic of Macedonia Participated in the First European Rural Parliament

Rural Development Network of the Republic of Macedonia Participated in the First European Rural Parliament

The first European Rural Parliament, ERP, was organized in Brussels on November 13th 2013. It was held in support and partnership with the European Economic and Social Committee in its premises in Brussels and was a strategic gathering in the very center of European political power. More than 150 representatives from 70 rural organizations among which a representative of RDN of RM attended the event in order to place issues of rural communities on the agenda of the EU and to make an impact on the policies shaping their lives.

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LEADER Event 2013

LEADER Event 2013

On the 17-18 April 2013 the LEADER community gathered in Brussels for the third annual ENRD LEADER event. The event theme was ‘Building Bridges for the Future’ and the aim was to support the process of successful programming of CLLD (known as LEADER within EAFRD) at a national and local level. The event provided a unique platform for real-time exchange between all stakeholders involved in shaping and/or participating in the future of LEADER.

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Czech National Conference “Rural space 2012”

This year’s Czech National Conference was organized in the period from October 1st until October 3rd, in a small town just a few kilometers from the Czech-Austrian border. The National Conference “Rural space 2012” was held at the time when one programming period is ending and the

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Swedish Rural Parliament

The twelfth Swedish Rural Parliament was held in the period from September 6th until September 9th 2012, in Ronneby, small town in the Swedish region Blekinge. The event gathered over 500 participants from Sweden, LAG members and international guests – representatives of more than 20 European countries.

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Information about the LEADER approach

“Information about the LEADER approach” is a project that was realized at a national level through organization of one-day forums in the 8 planned regions of Republic of Macedonia. It was realized in cooperation and financial support of the Macedonian Centre for International Cooperation-MCIC.

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Diversification, networking and the LEADER approach in the rural areas

The Rural Development Network of the Republic of Macedonia and the Foundation for Education and Development Humanopolis (member of the ERA group Skopje Fair) organized a rural development forum on “Diversification, networking and the LEADER approach in the rural areas”, which was held on 16th November 2011 in Skopje, at Congress Centre of Skopje Fair, as a part of the program of Agro Food Fair.

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From 28th June to 2nd July 2011, in Zlatibor, Republic of Serbia, the gathering of PREPARE (International network for promotion of Rural Development in Europe) was held

From 28th June to 2nd July 2011, in Zlatibor, Republic of Serbia, the gathering of PREPARE (International network for promotion of Rural Development in Europe) was held

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LEADER forum – “From Local Initiative to a Leading Concept in Rural Areas”

The Rural Development Network of the Republic of Macedonia, in cooperation with the partner HUMANOPOLIS (member of the ERA Group Skopje Fair) on 10th November organized a forum on LEADER – From Local Initiative to a Leading Concept in Rural Areas, which took place at the Skopje Fair Congress Centre, as part of AgroFood Fair. The forum attended more than 80 participants, representatives of the RDN of RM members and other interested organizations.

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The Rural Development Network of the Republic of Macedonia provided three trainers for the LEADER approach training organised by SIPP (Support to IPARD Preparation Project)

The Rural Development Network of the Republic of Macedonia provided three trainers for the LEADER approach training organised by SIPP (Support to IPARD Preparation Project). The trainings were intended for a mix of informing national and local stakeholders and discussions were made on details of the LEADER

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PREPARE gathering was held in Ohrid, Macedonia between 30 August and 3 September

PREPARE gathering was held in Ohrid, Macedonia between 30August and 3 September, which was attended by over a hundred participants from more than 20 European countries

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