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GRISI PLUS aims at improving the effectiveness and enriching economic development policies in rural areas by increasing the use of geographical information and geomatics tools (Information Society approaches and practices) to give decision-support tools to public key players and policymakers. 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:

- Development of the attractiveness of rural territories to attract new inhabitants. The latter will be able to 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. They thus contribute in reinforcing territorial cohesion, developing employment and increasing competitiveness in EU

- Promotion of local tangible and intangible products

GRISI PLUS gathers 14 partners from 11 countries of the North, South, East and West areas, thus covering widely the EU territory. The partnership includes Regions, Provinces, Associations of municipalities and territorial development agencies to consider different territorial levels and their competences. A balance between more and less experienced partners is kept to ensure win-win cooperation for all rural territories. All partners participated actively in the preparation and the majority will play a crucial role in the project execution.

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



Project takes place from January 2012 to December 2014


The Project involves 14 partners


Project total budget is 1 629 550, 56 €

Project webpage http://www.grisiplus.eu/home/


Contact details in Tartu Science Park



Vaido Mikheim                                                         Kätrin Hanson

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