• Summer School’s Growing Partnership – and Postponement
    Summer School’s Growing Partnership – and Postponement
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    We are delighted to inform colleagues that the summer school’s supporting partnership has grown to include two new partners. However, the process of bringing new partners into the course will take a little time.

    European Education Forum – will support the programme through the Europe for Citizens Programme, which encourages citizens’ participation in the European Union, by developing understanding of the Union and promoting intercultural engagement at the Union level.

    EDIC (Zadar) – is the European Information Centre in Zadar which provides information about the European Union, its policies and opportunities and promotes civic engagement.

    The logistics of bringing new partners into the partnership and reflecting their ideas also means that we cannot run the summer school at the planned time in September and will now look for a mutually acceptable time later in the year.  We will be in touch with all those who have made bookings and participants will be offered places at the later course.

    The summer school is also supported by the LEADER Network of Croatia (LMH), Ministry of Agriculture and the Rural Business School (UK).

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  • 3rd Catalys LEADER & Local Development Summer School Programme
    3rd Catalys LEADER & Local Development Summer School Programme
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    Day 1 –

    Optional introductory day for students and others who would like to understand the basics, e.g., anyone new to LEADER, LAGs, new LAG Chairmen and Board members.  It is also for students, farmers and fishermen who wish to find out more about the new EU programmes that support rural and coastal/fishing communities, including the LEADER programme.

    The introductory programme will include:

    • Lectures and discussions about LEADER, Fisheries LAGs and EU Rural Development.

    evening – reception

    Day 2

    Morning

    • Welcome and introduction – IB
    • Our theme – Energy and rural development
    • How to energise a community – IL
    • Can energy be at the centre of local development – GW 
    • The New policy agenda – The EU’s Rural Development, LEADER and CLLD priorities for 2014-2020 – IB
    • Local Development Strategy development (LDS) – IB / IC
      • what is the difference between a good LDS and one that simply obeys the rules?
      • LDS development – case studies & good practice
    • Discussion – can Croatia and neighbouring countries learn the lessons of LDS development to produce good, relevant strategies, whilst obeying the rules. Can we keep everyone happy? – MM

    Afternoon

    • Specific case studies – practical experience of the use of local development in the following areas:
      • community energy – GW
      • fishery development and FLAGs – IL
      • rural and agricultural innovation – IB
      • food as a focus for development; e.g., local food – IB
    • Discussion – what can we learn from these case studies? – GW
    • Learning journeys – presentation by Igor Ilić, winner of the first Catalys travel bursary. Igor will talk about his experience and the benefits of the learning journey

    Evening  

    • Summer school dinner

    Day 3

    Morning

    • Energetic communities – The critical role of animation – IL/IB
      • the absolutely crucial role of the animateur, and why it is usually done badly
      • Film interviews with experienced animateurs
      • Practical animation role play exercise
    • Implementation in Croatia – IC
      • preparing LAGs and farmers for these opportunities, with a focus on Sub-measures 6.3 and 19.1
    • Why does LEADER still exist? – IB
      • Most EU programmes have a significantly shorter lifespan than LEADER, what makes it still relevant now, 25 years after its inception.
      • Case study examples of rural development challenges for which LEADER is a good vehicle
    • Learning about the new CAP – IL
      • we will introduce an online learning tool – Can EU CAP-IT online learning resource

    Afternoon

    • Training and education for Rural Development – GW
      • the role of formal and informal learning
    • Transnational opportunities – IB
      • the role of cooperation projects and how to identify a good one.
    • Final Plenary – BM
      • Evaluation and next steps
      • And depart
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  • Catalys Local Development Summer School
    Catalys Local Development Summer School
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    Summer school agenda and dates

    Today on the day that we hear the news that the Croatian Rural Development Programme has been approved, we can also confirm that the Catalys local development summer school will take place from 3rd – 4th September 2015, in Zadar, Croatia.  The Summer School will be a great opportunity to discuss the opportunities that now exist for rural communities in Croatia.

    The agenda is taking shape with contributions from

    • The Earth Centre, UK
    • Ministry of Agriculture of Croatia
    • Local Development Strategies for LEADER programmes
    • LMH – LEADER Network of Croatia
    • Transnational experience from Serbia and Poland
    • LEADER/Fisheries experience from North Devon, England
    • Amongst others

    The summer school will be highly interactive and will include opportunities to discuss approaches to local development and look at common problems together in creative and stimulating ways.

    In accordance with this interactive approach, participants still have an opportunity to shape the agenda, by entering the following link – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JKMSWMD – and stating your preferences. Please tell us what you want and help the summer school to be what you want it to be.

    We look forward to seeing you in Zadar.

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  • Igor’s travels – Poland’s lessons for Rural Development
    Igor’s travels – Poland’s lessons for Rural Development
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    Igor Ilić, from Čoka in North East Serbia, the first to be awarded the bursary, will be setting out at midnight to visit Świętokrzyskie Voivodship to be a guest on their international conference about modern agriculture, economics and investment that will take place in Sandomierz, East Poland.

    Igor will tour the territory of a number of LEADER Local Action Groups: LAG “Sandomierskie Stowarzyszenie Rozwoju Regionalnego”; LAG “Region Włoszczowski”; LAG “Brody nad Kamienną ” and LAG “Krzemienny Krąg” before taking part in the conference.

    The purpose of the visit is for a young person from the Western Balkan accession countries to learn about local development from those with more experience and to then to pass on the lessons he has learnt on his return.  The contacts, the information gained and the ideas stimulated will hopefully continue to benefit Igor and the communities that he works with for years to come.

    Igor will present a report on his experiences at an international summer school in Zadar, Croatia in July, when we hope he will inspire others regarding the benefits of learning from the experience of others.

    Catalys bursary scheme is set to be an annual award and this year’s applicants came from Serbia, Bosnia and Montenegro.  Igor wrote convincingly and passionately about his desire to learn and his programme was compelling.

    So, look out for Igor’s report (which Catalys will publish) and for the 2016 award.

     

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  • Adfywio – Welsh for Regenerating Our Town Centres
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    HOW TO SAVE OUR TOWN CENTRES

    Monday 13th April 2015 saw the Wales launch of a new book on regeneration written by Julian Dobson and published by PolicyPress at an event hosted by the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography of Bangor University. The event, organised in conjunction with Crew Regeneration Wales, was attended by a wide range of regeneration practitioners, local councillors, architects and sustainable development students and included a lively presentation by Julian on his “Radical Agenda For The Future Of High Streets.” This included an historical account of cheese riots in Nottingham and more recent civil uprisings in Bristol and Tottenham. His central tenet, drawing on principles of neoliberalism, was that people and local communities needed to be at the centre of the process and that matters should not be left purely to elected politicians and market driven urban developers.

    In summing up the event, Honorary Lecturer and Catalys Associate Arwel Jones observed that the Welsh term for regeneration “adfywio” was probably a better term with its meaning of “re-enlivening” or putting life and dynamism back into the mix. He had seen many regeneration initiatives come and go in Wales, including Towns in View (an interpretation based approach), the Small Towns and Villages Enterprise Initiative (an economic development approach), Tourism Growth Areas (harnessing tourism) and the current Town Centre Partnership programme funded by Welsh Government, focused largely on capacity building. He also saw a collision or coalescence of regeneration agendas as embodied in the current Future Generations Bill going through the Welsh Assembly, with economic development, health and wellbeing, housing, education, environment and governance all being considered as part of creating the Wales in which we want to live. Town centres can rightly be regarded as some of its key microcosms, where a total and inclusive approach is needed if we are to tackle the complex issue of making them once again “vibrant and viable places” to quote a strategic strapline. The book is a welcome addition to the regeneration literature and to thinking places differently.

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  • Catalys Summer School – 2014 evaluation – The results are in!
    Catalys Summer School – 2014 evaluation – The results are in!
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    The results are in!  The 2014 Summer School had Excellent approval ratings of 80 – 90%!

    The independent evaluation of the 2014 summer school was undertaken through Survey Monkey and is now complete.

    Participants were asked a series of questions via online survey and responses were collected that represented over 60% of the participants.

    In overview, most people strongly agreed or agreed attendance was both positive and useful and that they took much useful information back to their workplaces.

    Participants also felt there were some areas where they wanted more information and they wanted more discussion time.  Several ideas were given for extra topics, including, rural tourism, green policies and practice, local development funding and more detail on policy and implementation for 2014-20.

    The strongest rating however was given in answer to the question whether another course would be welcomed, with 89% strongly agreeing or agreeing with this suggestion.

    Location was also discussed and 88% of respondents wanted to see the next course to take place on the mainland.

    The 2015 Summer School will therefore be organised in response to these findings and is due to take place in Zadar in on 2nd 3rd July 2015.

    We hope to see you there!

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  • €500 travel grant for young people from HR, SRB, BiH & MNE – deadline 14th April
    €500 travel grant for young people from HR, SRB, BiH & MNE – deadline 14th April
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    If you are  Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia or Montenegro and you are active in rural development, local Development, LEADER Groups, Local Action Groups and you are under 30, you have 4 more days to submit your application for €500 travel grant.

    All you have to do is tell us why it should be you and commit to reporting back on your experiences.

    The bursary will be offered to a young person from Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia or Montenegro who is involved in local action group or rural/agricultural association and is keen to learn from people and groups in other countries about their experiences in implementing Local Development Programmes.

    It’s a great opportunity and we already have good applications, but we are looking forward for more.

    Good luck.

    Information on how to apply is here

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  • Local Development & LEADER Summer School – Croatia ’15
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    Local Development Summer school agenda

    Catalys is pleased to announce the 2015 local development summer school.

    The topics we intend to cover include:

    • Community Led Local Development in Rural Development Programme
    • Community Energy – practical experience
    • Writing Local Development Strategies – practical experience and workshops
    • Options for small farmers – including Community Supported Agriculture
    • Fisheries and Local Development – the new FLAG programme
    • Fisheries Local Action Groups and LEADER groups working together
    • Implementation of LEADER measures in Croatia in 2015 and beyond
    • Practical experience of implementing Local Development – in Croatia and beyond – lessons learnt
    • Using the LEADER to support transnational projects and initiatives

    In response to the evaluation of the 2014 programme, we plan to hold the event earlier in the year and on the mainland. Therefore this year’s event will be held at:

    • IMPACT Centre Zadar – 2-3rd July

    The detailed agenda will be announced over the next month, in the meantime, we would welcome your response to the following questions about the seminar.

    1. The summer school can cover a number of topics and we will arrange the agenda according to the interests expressed by participants. The following topics are suggested based on previous experience and initial views expressed by possible contributors:

    Please rate the suggested topics 1-5, where 1 is very interested and 5 is not interested at all.

    • Community Led Local Development in Rural Development Programme
    • Community Energy – practical experience
    • Writing Local Development Strategies – practical experience and workshops
    • Options for small farmers – including Community Supported Agriculture
    • Fisheries and Local Development – the new FLAG programme
    • Fisheries Local Action Groups and LEADER groups working together
    • Implementation of LEADER measures in Croatia in 2015 and beyond
    • Practical experience of implementing Local Development – in Croatia and beyond – lessons learnt
    • Using the LEADER to support transnational projects and initiatives

    2. Do you have any alternative/additional suggestions?

    Please respond via this Survey Monkey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JKMSWMD

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