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Lithuanian Institute of Agrarian Economics takes part in international scientific project “SHERPA - Sustainable Hub to Engage into Rural Policies with Actors”


LAEI launches an international scientific project “SHERPA - Sustainable Hub to Engage into Rural Policies with Actors” under HORIZON 2020 - RUR-2018-2020 Rural Renaissanc.


Lithuanian Institute of Agrarian Economics takes part in international scientific project “SHERPA - Sustainable Hub to Engage into Rural Policies with Actors”, implemented under HORIZON 2020 - RUR-2018-2020 Rural Renaissance programme, Grant agreement no. 862448.


With 21 EU Member states covered by consortium partners (Belgium, France, Greece, Sweden, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, UK, Germany, Slovenia, Portugal and other) SHERPA ensures a wide geographical coverage of Europe. Networks such as ERDN and Nordregio provide mechanisms to engage with expertise in other EU Member States not explicitly covered by the consortium.  


The overall objective of SHERPA is to gather relevant knowledge and opinions that contribute to the formulation of recommendations for future policies relevant to EU rural areas. It will create a science–society–policy interface which provides a hub for knowledge and policy. This will support actors in rural development, including in coastal communities, to help rural areas take emerging opportunities and protect them from long-term threats of decline.


SHERPA will contribute to policy development in three main areas:

     1) Provision of inputs for the design of future research policies, with a focus on the preparation of work programmes under Horizon Europe;

     2) Support for implementation of policies relevant to rural areas in the programming period 2021–2027 and

     3) Support for setting the direction of rural policy in the next programming period (after 2027).


Seven Work Packages (WPs) are planned to implement focusing the five specific objectives: 1) to map the main drivers of future trends and dynamics of EU rural areas; 2) to establish Multi-Actor Platforms as effective and sustainable Science-Society-Policy interfaces; 3) to create a shared knowledge base relevant to EU rural policy by taking stock of results of past and on-going research projects; 4) to engage in dialogue between citizens, researchers and policy makers from EU territories and 5) to formulate recommendations linked, if needed, with different scenarios for the development of modern rural policies at European, national and regional levels.


SHERPA project comprehensively addresses the full scope of the H2020 Coordination and Support Action for the topic “RUR-01-2018-2019 - D Rural society-science-policy hub”.


Total project budget is 5 million Eur. Project duration: 4 years.


More detailed information is soon to be available online.


Project coordinator in Lithuania dr. Živilė Gedminaitė-Raudonė

tel. (8 5) 261 7978, el.p. zivile.gedminaite@laei.lt;

tel. (8 672) 00413, el.p. rita.vilke@laei.lt



HORIZON 2020 projects speed up even in the face of COVID-19: LAEI researchers establish one of 40 European Multi-Actor Platforms for inclusive rural policy

The second meeting of all consortium partners took place on April 27, 2020, using the “Cisco Webex” communication platform, which provided an opportunity for 54 SHERPA consortium participants from 21 countries to interactively discuss the progress of the project, key challenges and possible solutions. The first stage of the project implementation aimed at creating the basis for project implementation. All consortium partners have successfully met the target set for the initial period: 20 Dynamic Action Plans have been developed, 20 Multi-Actor Platforms for inclusive rural policy have been set up, and a 'pilot exercise' has been completed. 40 acting Multi-Actor Platforms for inclusive rural policy in Europe are planned to the end of SHERPA project.

For more information: https://www.laei.lt/?mt=aktualijos&naujiena=537


Implemented the first cycle of the HORIZON 2020 project SHERPA: Researchers from LCSS (Lithuania Centre for Social Sciences) Institute of Economics and Rural Development evaluate the achievements of one of the 20 European Multi-Actor Platforms for Inclusive Rural Policy


During the first phase of the project, researchers from the LCSS Institute of Economics and Rural Development developed a Dynamic Action Plan for Lithuania and established one of the 20 MAPs for inclusive rural policy titled “Circular Bio-economy - Lithuania” (CBioLit), uniting science, society, and political stakeholders.

For more information: https://www.laei.lt/?mt=aktualijos&naujiena=564


Scientific-practical conference of the HORIZON 2020 project SHERPA was held in Druskininkai


The activities of the European Union's research and innovation program HORIZON 2020 project "SHERPA - Sustainable Hub to Engage into Rural Policies with Actors" are already counting the results of the first project implementation cycle. Activities of the project were presented and discussed on the 19th of May 2022 in the scientific-practical conference "Entrepreneurship and Social Economy in the Regions: Needs, Challenges and Necessary Scientific-Practical and Political Intervention" in Druskininkai.

For more information: https://www.laei.lt/?mt=aktualijos&naujiena=590



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