First Quarter 2017

This quarterly review is quite long and concentrates on the activity plans for the Swedish NRN’s thematic working groups that were approved by the steering committee in the beginning of March. The operational goals for the coming two years are:

  • Area based businesses – green businesses
  • Integration
  • Youth in rural development
  • Service in rural areas
  • Nature-based tourism
  • Innovation
  • Community Led Local Development - Leader
  • Fishery and aquaculture

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Area based businesses - green businesses

Experiences from the working group’s participation in international meetings and various cooperation’s have been disseminated in the Swedish Rural Network.

Youth have participated in webinars and other activities and received information about the possibilities to engage in green businesses. The member organisations have taken steps to make it easier for youth to engage in the organisations´ boards.

Examples and methods for business development have been disseminated.
Several CLLD projects promoting competitiveness in green businesses have been disseminated.

Information activities have been carried out about the role of green businesses to reach the UN climate deal and the 17 global Sustainable Development Goals.

Entrepreneurs in green businesses have received information about their own importance in delivering ecosystem services.

A higher degree of local produced food is used in public kitchens contributing to ecological, social and economically sustainable development.

Consumer information about food quality, and sustainable food consumption and production is spread through the public kitchens.


Contribute to a higher number of members and level of activities in ethnical associations in rural areas.

Organise local meetings and produce information material to increase the knowledge about rural areas and its possibilities to welcome, host and integrate asylum seekers and immigrants.

Organise meetings and bus trips with national actors to inform about structural obstacles for integration in rural areas.

The Rural Network will provide relevant information material about integration in rural areas.

The mutual exchange of information and experiences within Europe is increasing. This can facilitate for transnational projects within the theme of integration.

Investigate the possibilities to employ immigrants for businesses within gardening, park maintenance and forestry.

Contribute to the involvement of civil society to be engaged in the mapping of the competences among asylum seekers, which is performed by the County Administrations.

Strengthen the possibilities to provide education and training to immigrants and to inform them about what education are available in the green businesses sector.

Enhance the knowledge about how to support immigrants who wants to start businesses.

Enhance the knowledge about logistic solutions and better public transport in rural areas.

Youth in rural development

The network members, including Local Action Groups, have received a better knowledge about methods on how to increase the involvement and inclusion of youths.

The representatives for member organisations and Local Action Groups who are responsible for recruiting and in pre-election committees have been offered possibilities to network and exchange experiences.

The network members, including Local Action Groups, have been offered material with advice and methods to help them increase the involvement and inclusion of youths.

Service in rural areas

75 percent of our member organisations’ own members have received information about the possibility to receive funding for local service solutions through the RDP and information on good practises.

75 percent of our member organisations’ own members have gained knowledge about how to create long term sustainable service solutions.

75 percent of the municipalities have been inspired to engage even more in the issues regarding service in rural areas.

Nature-based tourism

The thematic group shall participate in international exchange of experience about the potential of the nature- and culture-based businesses.

The member organisations in the Swedish rural network has gained an increased knowledge and understanding of the requirements and potential of the nature- and culture-based businesses.

The member organisations in the Swedish rural network with an interest in the development of the nature- and culture-based businesses have received tools and methods to strengthen their role of promoting this business branch.

The thematic group shall give input to ”The national strategy for Swedish nature-based tourism”.


All actors within agriculture, horticulture and reindeer industry, and the potential beneficiaries, have received information about EIP-Agri, the possibilities to apply for funding for operational groups and exchange experiences nationally and internationally.

An increase in the actors´ participation to start operational groups, thematic networks, focal groups and participate in national and international activities.

An increase in the number of innovation within agriculture, horticulture and reindeer industry.

High quality in the Rural Development Programme’s measures for EIP-Agri.

Better and stronger bridges (contacts, dialogue, knowledge exchange and cooperation) between practical businesses, research and advisory services.

Community Led Local Development - Leader

Each ”leader region” (an informal grouping of the SE leader areas into six regions) shall have at least one regional meeting per year where the majority of the LAGs in the region participate.

The participants at the national leader conferences, arranged by the Swedish Rural Network, shall experience that the meetings have strengthened their knowledge and ability to implement Leader.

The member organisations in the Swedish Rural Network shall gain an increased knowledge about Leader by participating in the thematic working groups and the Swedish Rural Network’s Steering Group.

Representatives from all thematic working groups shall participate in the yearly national leader conference.

LAGs and MA: s from all relevant CLLD funds shall gain an increased knowledge of the benefit and strength of the fund coordination. This in relation to both to this program period but also to an even better coordination of the ESI funds for 2021 – 2027.

The ”Leader bus” (a mobile information centre) will be used in at least two leader areas per year.

The NRN shall have at least two communication activities per year specifically targeting Leader issues.

By representing the SE NRN in ENRD and FARNET meetings, the participants shall increase their knowledge and capacity to initiate transnational cooperation.

The Swedish LAGs shall have access to competence of high quality when planning, starting and implementing transnational cooperation projects.

Fishery and aquaculture

The thematic group for fishery and aquaculture has four areas for intervention with several planned activities.

Provide knowledge about systems, methods and gears with less environmental impact.

  • Defining information about environmental impacts for the different sectors and techniques and informing the NRN members about them.
  • Gather and publish best practice examples of sustainable aquaculture.

Strengthen a sustainable competitiveness for the fishery sector by enhancing the competence of the actors.

  • Produce information material about the rules and regulations for professional fishery, marketing and entrepreneurship.

Support sustainable management models

  • Provide information about the social and economic benefits of coastal fishery to be disseminated to decision makers.
  • When needed, support cooperation projects on the issue of seals and cormorants in the Baltic Sea Region.

Promote the possibilities for younger generations to engage in fishery and aquaculture.

  • Arrange information meetings to inspire young entrepreneurs to engage in fishery.
  • Support initiatives to design a system for quotas that promotes profitability in the sector.

Publicerades 2017-04-28


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