The main activity is the identification and transfer of good practices to improve 13 economic development policies of rural areas. Its success relies on 2 essential elements: effective project coordination and a communication strategy to disseminate the results to policymakers, citizens, and to 42 other relevant institutions, thus raising awareness to key players on the themes tackled. The main outputs and results are:

  • 13 implementation plans (1 per partner region) and publication of 1 good practices guide
  • Improvement of 13 economic development policies in rural areas
  • Successful transfer of at least 5 good practices
  • Identification and analysis of 10 good practices in each partner region
  • 42 other relevant institutions aware of the project results
  • Durability of the results by being present in existing online media in each partner region
  • 5 study visits, 1 seminar and 1 training session to exchange experience
  • Organization of a launching and a final conference with over 450 participants
The activities of the project are divided into three components:
Component 1: Management and Coordination is lead by the Lead Partner (Gers CCI) and deals with the management and coordination of the project. The main activities of this component are listed below:
  • negotiation with the Joint Technical Secretariat and signature of the subsidy contract
  • elaboration and signature of the partnership agreement
  • creation of an extranet site to enable collaborative work among the partners
  • organization of Steering Committee meetings and monthly call conferences to follow-up the work progress
  • drafting of the project management handbook
  • preparation of progress reports
  • financial management
  • day-to-day management and consortium animation

Component 2: Communication and dissemination (Leader: Partner RAS) is dedicated to the creation of all documents and tools for continuous communication and dissemination of the project activities and results. The main activities of this component are listed below:

  • elaboration of an operational communication plan
  • drafting of 2 press releases concerning the project launching conference (in english)
  • drafting of GRISI PLUS communication chart (logo, poster, official letter, powerpoint ppt..)
  • design and editing of a project leaflet
  • creation of the GRISI PLUS mailing list
  • drafting of 3-month electronic newsletters
  • support for the organization of local dissemination seminars in partners' areas
  • creation of the GRISI PLUS website
  • creation of accounts within 2 social networks (Facebook, LinkedIn)
  • participation in national events to diffuse the GRISI PLUS actions
  • design of the project brochure with the main results and achievements of the project

Component 3: Exchange of experience dedicated to the identification and analysis of good practices (Leader: TSP) is the core component of the project since its main objective is to improve economic development policies in rural areas. In particular, Component 3 aims at identifying, exchanging, tranferring and implementing good practices in partners' regions concerning two topics related to the attractiveness of rural territories by using geomatic tools:
  • Attractiveness of isolated rural areas to attract new inhabitants and teleworkers
  • Promotion of traditional tangible and immaterial products following the »One Village One Product« principle (marketing of specific local products to promote a village and its inhabitants)

The main activities to be undertaken are the following:
  • Identification and description of good practices regarding geomatics as well as initiatives to enhance development of rural areas
  • organization of five study visits to observe the good practices developed and implemented by the most »experienced« partners (in France, Latvia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ireland)
  • realization of feasibility studies regarding the possible implementation of good practices observed on the field during the study visits
  • Elaboration of regional inventories in each partner area which will serve as a basis for partners' work:
    • identification of geographic data and Spatial Data Infrastructures available and/or under construction which could be useful for the topics tackled within GRISI PLUS
    • inventories of existing websites which can be useful for the promotion of the attractiveness of territories
    • inventories of policies, key-players and stakeholders related to territorial attractiveness
    • inventories of past and ongoing projects which can be useful for the topics tackled within GRISI PLUS
  • organization of a geomatic seminar to train partners in using geomatic tools to develop the attractiveness of their territory
  • elaboration of a good practice guide
  • elaboration of implementation plans with regard to the transfer of good practices in each partner region

Project Partners

The GRISI PLUS project is cofinanced by the European Regional Development Fund and made possible by the INTERREG IVC programme.
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