Good practices

All partners will identify and describe (in average) 2 good practices in the field of rural development and/ or geographic information. However, only some of them will be observed on the field during dedicated study visits. 5 study visits will be held in total during the project lifetime:

1. France – Midi Pyrenees region

a) The «SOHO SOLO» programme enables telework and hosting policies in rural areas

The SOHO SOLO programme constitutes an adequate answer to issues such as:
  • how to attract new inhabitants in a rural region by taking profit of city-dwellers' wishing to move to the countryside
  • how to motivate tourists to move to a rural place they visit and telework thanks to the Information and Communication Technologies
  • how to motivate rural municipalities so they implement hosting practices to make newcomers' integration easier.
The SOHO SOLO good practice can be described as follows:
  • Promoting the advantages of a rural territory in a geoportal
  • Helping newcomers throughout their settling process
  • Raising awareness to elected representatives of villages so that they implement welcoming practices for the former,
  • Developing broadband internet access in rural villages
  • Organizing a club to gather and answer to »SOLOS« remarks and questions.
The Gers province is the ideal environment for the self-employed and one-man companies to develop their business while enjoying an exceptional quality of life for the whole family.

b) The «GEOWINE» project promotes local wine thanks to the geographic traceability and authentication of each bottle

Globalisation of trade often leads to standardization, where food uprooted from their land is only differentiated by trademarks and brands of manufacturers and distribution.
Consumers want to know the origin of products they consume. Geotraceability consists in linking geographic coordinates to information related to all stages of the production and distribution chain. The certification of the geographic origin of products enables introducing factual data in the traceability process, which is too often only declarative.

The Geowine project stands firmly on the side of wine growers and the sustainable promotion of land, facing a globalization that standardizes and drives producers and consumers apart.

Geowine is a research and development project combining Geomatics and viticulture, whose objectives are to better fight counterfeiting and to develop a partnership between research and companies who together strive to develop a new innovative product linking "geotraceability« and »authentication". This innovative development is a source of new added value for businesses.

Thanks to this project, consumers can get information about the geographic origin and prooduction of the wine bottles they buy, on their smartphones and tablets.

2.1 Latvia - partner: Latvian Association of Local and Regional governments

a) Lursoft – an informative tool to enable development of rural areas in Latvia

Taking into account the territorial reform carried out in Latvia in 2009, Lursoft began to offer services to municipalities and their population in such sections where the territorial adherence of the newly established municipalities was taken into account. 50 services were created. The most essential benefit from them was gained for local business persons, municipalities and people living far away from city centers.

The main objectives of this good practice are:
  • To facilitate access to information for regional business persons (very important for the realization of business activities, thus for the transfer of business activities to major cities);
  • To provide local governments with statistical information necessary for business planning according to territories of the changed municipalities except major cities;
  • To provide the inhabitants of municipalities with access to daily information and prevent the formation of »digital gap« by localized training;
  • To provide public libraries with the possibility to render services to inhabitants, which are suitable for the digital age.
b) InnoLaSME – coordinated innovation support services for SMEs in rural territories of Latvia

The InnoLaSME project mapped and summarized innovation support providers and their services in the whole territory of Latvia. The outcome of the InnoLaSME project is a freely available electronic manual “Innovation in Action” (, which includes innovation policies in Europe and Latvia, a database of 189 innovation support structures and their services in Latvia, companies success stories in cooperation, as well as recommandations for the improvement of innovation support services in the country.

The main objectives of this good practice are:
  • To provide information about innovation support system in Latvia and make access to the links to innovation support service providers,
  • To analyze the company feedback about innovation support in Latvia
  • To develop and make accessible the electronic manual “Innovation in Action” including database of innovation support structures and their services
  • To develop recommendations for Latvian and European innovation policy makers on the necessary improvements.

2.2 Latvia - partner: Vidzeme Planning Region

c) Koceni Spatial Planning Information System developed by SunGISLtd

The development of Koceni Spatial Planning Information System is a part of elaboration of Koceni Municipality Spatial Plan 2014-2025 and Strategy. The development was necessary and possible due to possibilities of the geographic information systems and the available tools as well as the experience.

Koceni Spatial Planning Information System will ensure the availability of a map browser about the existing and planned (allowed) use of the Koceni Municipality's territory on the web browser and using Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) web services.

Main objectives:
  • increase spatial information availability for decision making in municipality
  • increase spatial information availability from municipality inhabitants
  • to provide spatial data infrastructure for further use
  • development of Koceni Municipality spatial planning information system.
d) Optimization Options of the Public Transport Networks in Vidzeme (Vidzeme public transport modeling system)

The project aims to provide qualitative public transport services, thereby improving people's access to education, health, public administration and other services and the provision of defined competences of the Planning region by Public transport law. The project will study the data and the prepared recommendations will serve as the basis for high quality public transport service in the regional organization of local routes.

Main objectives:

To develope dynamic modeling tool for Vidzeme planning region's transport planners by providing opportunities to investigate citizens possibilities in the region to access the state / local government and other services by using public transport.

  • to develop a public transportation system modeling
  • to create the public transport system model
  • to assess the public transport system optimization options.

3. Cyprus – District of Larnaca:

a) Organization of Fruit and Vegetable Producers, Vasiliki Gi, Odou, production, merchandise and promotion of the products in an organized rural area.

Ten years ago, during the production process, farmers had to individually drive around the island and take their products to different intermediaries. The main issue of that situation was the low prices in selling their products compared to the high production costs as well as the lack of will from those farmers to engage in this situation. Therefore a need arose to change that situation and make it a favorable one for them and their production.

Located in a very small rural area (less than 200 inhabitants), the Organization of Fruit and Vegetable Producers was created, gathering all farmers living in the area. The idea of the organization is to make them produce their own fruit and vegetables and to merchandise them to intermediary sellers at lower prices. The main objectives of this good practice are to get lower prices, improve the quality of the process, keep the rural population in the area, foster job opportunities and exploit agricultural lands.
b) Women's Association of Rural Larnaca

This good practice aims at promoting the interests of women in rural areas as well as developing women's business dexterity. Through the creation and organization of many events, the aim is to develop the modern women's individuality as well as to develop the capabilities of its members.
The main objectives of this good practice are the promotion of the business dexterity of its members, the development of volunteerism, the participation in European Programs, communal initiatives, programs for fighting off social declination as well as actions promoting equality between both genders.

4. Czech Republic – Žatec Region:

a) Visiting the hop producing area (visit the town of Žatec, Hop Institute, Hop Museum and some villages producing hop and hop gardens).

The main objectives of this project are:
  • To revitalize the historic core of Saaz,
  • To support the development of modern business elements linked to the domestic and foreign tourism
  • To improve conditions for small and medium-sized enterprises in the infrastructure of tourist services
  • To increase the number of visitors throughout the Saaz hop growing region, which is called the platonic Hop and Beer Temple.
  • To create conditions for further development of tourism and agro-tourism with a unique offer for both domestic and foreign tourists.

5. Ireland: West Galway

a) Visiting the Letterfrack Community Campus to include visiting a Third Level Furniture College, a community childcare facility, a community Radio Station, a Library and Community Recreation Facilities.

Connemara West Plc is a community owned and mananaged rural Development Company that has over 500 shareholders and has offices in Tullycross and in the Connemara West Centre, Letterfrack. At the moment, the community manages several activities such as the Furniture College, an educational partnership between Connemara West and the Third Level educational Institute Galway-Mayo institute of Technology, with around 200 students studying furniture design.

Another activity, the Connemara Community Radio, is a radio station broadcasting ten hours a day and run by 3 full-time staff and up to 70 volunteers.

The fundamental objective of Connemara West, when established, was to retain the population in a very rural part of Ireland that was and is facing the threat of depopulation over an extended period, by providing public services in the locality and creating employment opportunities in the local area.
b) Visiting workshops of some of the producers involved in the scheme of »Made in Galway« brand.

Research undertaken by Galway County Council to establish the number of food and craft producers in their region indicated that more than a hundred producers were existing in each sector, but that it was often difficult for the local consumer to find information about the location of these. It was then necessary to find a tool to bring information of local products to consumers who were either citizens of the County or visitors to the region.

The project involves establishing an online directory of local products that are produced in the region so that local consumers and international visitors can locate locally produced crafts and services.

The main objective is to provide a single portal that identifies the wide range of products that are produced in the region so that the consumers are better informed about making a choice to shop locally. Another important objective is the increase of the international awareness of Galway as a region for the production of quality food and crafts.
c) Visiting the Galway Film Partnership (promotion of Galway as a location for film production).

The Film Galway Partnership is a group of organizations based in Galway City and County who work together to encourage, market, support and facilitate Film and Television production in Galway.

The partnership aims:
  • to provide production support through the provision of information and contacts to both indigenous and incoming Film and Television productions in Galway
  • to have a key senior person in each organization who can help fast-track requests from Film and Television production companies and help productions overcome any logistical challenges they may encounter
  • to actively promote Galway as a well resourced location and organize events and promotions to market the West nationally and internationally
  • to promote awareness in the region of the benefits of the Film and Television production on the wider economy and on cultural tourism
  • to ensure that Galway remains a »film friendly« region and works at developing this reputation.

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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