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Tools4CAP presented at the National Conference in Slovakia

Apr 23, 2024 | Tools4CAP Updates

Author: Marieta Okenkova (SUA)

Editor: Miranda García (AEIDL)

The recent national conference “More Attractive Rural Areas”, held on 16 April 2024 in the rural mountainous areas of the central Slovakia, showcased innovative strategies for rural development, with a spotlight on the Inventory of existing methods and tools used in the design of CAP Strategic Plans.

Co-organised by the Tools4CAP partner, the Slovak University of Agriculture, along with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Rural Parliament in Slovakia, and the Slovak Association for Rural Tourism and Agritourism, the conference brought together over 60 participants, including students from specialised high schools in viti-viniculture and hotel management.

The conference commenced with an opening speech by Mr Stefan Kuffa, the state secretary of the Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic. Mr Kuffa highlighted the important role of agroforestry and underscored the need to simplify administrative burdens in support mechanisms.

Among the highlights was the presentation of Mission oriented foresight as a tool used for the development of the National Vision for more Attractive Rural Areas in the years 2019-2022, currently undergoing broad consultation.

A high-level round table set the stage for a collaborative discourse on amplifying the rural voice, empowering rural areas and its inhabitants, breaking down silos, and fostering a unified vision for more attractive rural areas by 2040 to address unprecedented crises and challenges effectively. Distinguished panellists included representatives from the Ministry of Environment, the plenipotentiary of the Office of the Government for Civil Society Development, director of Banska Bystrica Development Agency, Vice-President of the Association of Slovak Municipalities and Cities, president of Young Farmers Association, president of Rural Parliament in Slovakia, director of state company Forests of Slovakia and representative of Slovak Association of Rural Tourism and Agritourism, contributed their expertise and insights to the discussion.

Subsequently, the discussions were broadened to include all participants using the tool Rural Café, fostering inclusivity and diversity of perspectives. Participants were divided into 6 smaller groups, each assigned specific questions to deliberate upon, and with rotations ensuring that diverse viewpoints were heard and documented.

The outcomes of these discussions were presented in a plenary session, culminating in a summary report that captured the collective insights and aspirations for more attractive rural areas by 2040.