The main goal of the GRISI PLUS project is to improve the effectiveness, modernize and enrich public rural development policies in partners’ regions by increasing the use of geographical information and geomatic tools. Indeed, geomatics constitutes a significant tool since one can associate 80% of existing information on geographical coordinates, which permits to geolocalize them on interactive maps and geoportals on the Internet.

Following an inventory of good practices already validated by the project partners, the means to improve existing rural development policies which use geographic information are the following:
  • For the development of the attractiveness of territories: Creation of geoportals where practices and welcoming opportunities of villages wishing to attract new inhabitants will be available.
  • For the economic development and attraction of new enterprises: Promotion of local tangible and intangible products on the Internet following the OVOP concept “One Village One Product”. The OVOP concept has been developed over 20 years by the OITA Prefecture in Japan. Communities selectively produce goods with high added value. One village produces one competitive and staple product as a business to gain sales revenue to improve the standards of living for the residents of that village. OVOP takes the local and less celebrated products and transforms them in value-added, widely-recognized products.

To achieve this goal, partners will exchange experience, identify and transfer good practices in 2 domains related to their common issues for the revitalization of rural territories:

1. Development of the attractiveness of rural territories to attract new inhabitants.
Geomatic applications contribute in attracting newcomers in rural territories through geoportals, where interesting information can be found and localized on maps, for instance: schools, nurseries, markets, hospitals, doctors, pharmacies, enterprises, public services, parks, cultural/ historic/ environmental sites… It is of high importance that newcomers have this information easily and quickly on the internet before they take the decision to move to the countryside. In this way, they can have a first idea of the place where they will start a new life. Therefore, geomatics tools:
  • show how rural territories look like “at distance” (thus avoiding the need to visit them)
  • contribute in the promotion of rural territories
  • can influence the decision of people who wish to move to the countryside
  • contribute to the development of rural areas, thanks to the arrival of new inhabitants and new teleworkers

In most of the cases, new inhabitants are freelances who can telework (work at distance) thanks to the New ICT. These new inhabitants bring new skills and wealth, are concerned by the environmental protection and they contribute in maintaining proximity services.Thus they contribute by reinforcing territorial cohesion, developing employment and increasing competitiveness in Europe.

2. Promotion of local tangible and intangible products
Geographic information can be used to promote local traditional products thanks to geoportals, interactive maps or special applications on smartphones and tablets,

The sub-objectives of the GRISI PLUS project are the following:
  • To manage the project efficiently in line with the IVC procedures.
  • To elaborate and implement a complete communication plan.
  • To disseminate good practices that have been exchanged and evaluated during the project to other EU regions
  • To edit and diffuse a good practice guide (based on 10 good practices exchanged), in 11 languages.
  • To communicate towards citizens mainly through the website and the project webpages that will be diffused in existing websites in each partner region.
  • To identify geomatics good practices in economic development policies of rural territories within partner regions.
  • To improve in the long run public policies in the field of rural economic development. Each partner region will produce a coherent good practice implementation plan to achieve perennial results after the project end.
  • To foster experience exchange and improve geomatics skills and knowledge of public key players and technicians.
  • To make GRISI PLUS good practices last in existing online media in each partner region.
  • To increase the use of geomatics ergonomic tools to facilitate decision-making for elected members.
  • To improve EU regional cooperation. Geoportals are privileged communication tools between the regions for they are going past linguistic barriers. It should be noticed that the good practices of the EU INSPIRE directive will be taken into account in all geomatics applications to be used within the project.

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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