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Publications by the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD) and the Evaluation Help Desk

Assessing the Use of Pesticides in the Estonian RDP 2014-2020

his factsheet focuses on the assessment of pesticide utilisation load in Estonia. 

Working Package 1: Topic 4 - Quantification of LEADER/CLLD contributions and measuring their secondary effects

s document specifically highlights issues related to the quantification of LEADER/CLLD contributions and measuring their secondary effects in the 2014-2020 programming period.

Evaluating the Impact of the CAP on Habitats, Landscapes and Biodiversity in Europe: Highlights from the Approach

factsheet focuses on the approach and methodologies used in the evaluation support study published by the European Commission on the impact of the CAP on habitats, landscapes, and biodiversity.

EAFRD Projects Brochure 'Rural Inspiration Awards 2019

Projects Brochure brings the 25 finalists of the Rural Inspiration Awards (RIA) 2019 back into the spotlight. It gives well‑deserved visibility to their projects, provides updates on their achievements, and hopes to inspire new projects.

The RIA 2019 were the first EU-wide rural development good practice competition organised by the ENRD in the 2014-2020 programming period. This initiative celebrated projects that are using funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) in an inspiring way to make European rural areas more competitive, sustainable and inclusive

Smart Villages and the European Green Deal: making the connections

This document shows that smart rural communities are already providing inspiring examples of how to address each of the challenges identified in the European Green Deal at local level. It has been produced by and contains the personal reflections of Professor Bill Slee, an active member of the ENRD 
Thematic Group on Smart Villages

Rural Connections magazine 1/2020

This edition f
ocuses on good practices in the use of EAFRD funding and gives an overview of different approaches to the collection and dissemination of EAFRD-funded projects at the national level.

Rural development stakeholders share their perspectives on a variety of topics, from populism in rural areas to to an agro-ecology project in the Netherlands, from a sociologist’s view on networking to Results Based Payment Schemes, with a detour through (fictional) rural crimes. The magazine includes the usual news round-up from the EU and European networks.

EAFRD Projects Brochure 'Vibrant Rural Areas'​

This edition of the EAFRD Projects Brochure presents EAFRD-supported projects from the 2014-2020 RDPs that have successfully improved services, jobs or social inclusion in rural areas – sometimes achieving more than was initially planned.

The publication shows how social objectives can go hand in hand with economic and environmental sustainability and that vibrant rural areas are essential for all, including for farmers and urban citizens.

Rural Connections Magazine, Spring/Summer 2019 Edition

his edition focuses on networX – the Brussels meeting on 11-12 April 2019 was the largest gathering of the rural development networking community in the current programming period. The key messages from networX are highlighted as are the winners of the first ever ENRD Rural Inspiration Awards.

Members of the Rural Development community who are making a positive difference in rural areas are featured in the ‘Rural perspectives’ section, including great examples of social and digital communications – from Ireland and at European level – and transnational cooperation projects in the tourism sector targeting a new kind of tourist and a report detailing the positive impact of the CAP on rural development in Poland. The regular news round-up includes the latest on the ENRD’s thematic work on Smart Villages and the Bioeconomy and a report on new rural credit services.


EAFRD Projects Brochure 'Youth and Generational Renewal'

s edition of the EAFRD Projects Brochure presents twelve projects that show how Rural Development policy is helping to make rural areas more attractive places for young people to live and work, in agriculture and beyond.

Youth in rural areas, and young farmers in particular, enhance rural vitality and pave the way for stronger value chains and rural prosperity. Generational renewal is one of the preconditions for improved competitiveness of the agricultural sector over the longer term and for sustainable food production in Europe.


EU Rural Review 28 ‘Bioeconomy’​

e theme of this EU Rural Review is 'mainstreaming the bioeconomy'.

With the spotlight firmly focused on how society can manage its natural resources in a sustainable way, rural areas around Europe are increasingly getting primed and ready to reap the benefits of the bioeconomy. This publication looks at the major role played by the new EU Bioeconomy Strategy as well as the importance of local and regional actors to enhance the development of the bioeconomy.

The content of the publication has been informed by the work of the ENRD Thematic Group on 'Mainstreaming the Bioeconomy'.​


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Evaluation Activities in 2019

Towards the New Delivery Model: From the Croatian National Agriculture and Rural Development Strategy to the country’s CAP Strategic Plan

Using evaluations as a way for strategic learning: Interview with the Lithuanian NRN

The Eleventh Good Practice Workshop: Appraising the intervention strategies under the CAP: experiences and outlook

EAFRD Projects Brochure 'Bioeconomy'​

his edition of the EAFRD Projects Brochure illustrates how the mainstreaming of the bioeconomy is being accelerated by Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) around Europe.

A sustainable bioeconomy, while it benefits everyone, has particular relevance for rural communities. The twelve projects featured in this Projects Brochure illustrate how RDPs are helping rural communities seize the opportunities offered by the bioeconomy through the production of sustainable food and feed, innovative bio-based products, renewable energy, environmentally sustainable growth and awareness raising.

 EU Rural Review 27‘Networking

This issue of the EU Rural Review examines the role of networking in rural development policy. It traces how networking has evolved to become a defining characteristic of rural development in Europe. 

All types of rural stakeholders interact in today’s increasingly diverse networking ecosystem. The publication concludes by considering how Networking will continue to evolve under the future policy environment.​

This edition focuses on communications uncovering the latest thinking from rural networkers while profiling some great examples of communication using digital channels, on-farm knowledge exchange and marketing initiatives to support Rural Development policy implementation.

Rural Connections Magazine, Spring/Summer 2018 Edition

This edition focuses on the topic of ‘Generational Renewal’ in rural development, exploring what is being done to welcome and support a new generation of farmers, including through the European Commission’s legislative proposals for the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

EAFRD Projects Brochure ‘Digital and Social Innovation in Rural Services’


This edition of the EAFRD Projects Brochure profiles twelve participatory social and digital initiatives that are enhancing rural services in six key areas: multi-service hubs; health, education; mobility; energy; and digitisation of the village itself.
The examples showcase how rural communities can sometimes respond to the challenges they face faster than policy, using innovative funding solutions such as private sector investment and crowdfunding.


EAFRD Projects Brochure ‘Resource-Efficient Rural Economies’


This edition of the EAFRD Projects Brochure explores how Rural Development Programme (RDP) funding – co-financed by the EAFRD – has been used to support the sustainable use of natural resources, particularly water and soil.

The concept of resource efficiency is based on the idea of ‘doing more with less’. In this context, the projects featured in this edition highlight inspiring practices of creating greater economic and environmental value from fewer inputs.