NS RURAL: North Sea Rural Development Project (NS Rural)
NS RURAL: North Sea Rural Development Project
Start date: Sep 29, 2003,
End date: Apr 29, 2007
The project aimed to boost development in rural areas by inter-rural cooperation. It counterworked negative migration and development trends by finding innovative solutions concerning social and health services, transport and economic activities, which were identified as key issues for rural development. NS Rural sought to achieve a more efficient use of public transport and the development of more sustainable transport options, an even distribution of social services regardless of the place of living as well as the stimulation of economic activities. Achievements: The activities were structured into the three main themes: public transport, social services and economic development. The basis of a cluster of local/small-scale producers and strategic alliances of SMEs has been developed and networks of companies based in rural areas were established. Through cross-sectoral cooperation NS Rural ensured a vital interaction on urban-rural and inter-rural levels. New services were established to support the everyday life of inhabitants in peripheral areas. As an example the Smart Home concept provides technical solutions such as fall detectors or flood sensors with centres responding if the alarm sets in to enable old people suffering from memory loss or physical incapacity to stay in their own home longer than it would otherwise have been possible.Through 15 pilot projects, NS Rural brought together experts and practicioners working with rural development. The pilots were focusing on e.g. improved public and private transport through new means of using ICT-systems, ensuring retention of key-skilled persons in the rural areas by providing better work-conditions or improving cross-sectoral planning between different units dealing with economic development. While the pilots started in single municipalities, as a second step implementation within the project was envisioned throughout the surrounding counties. All the pilots were bound to relate actively and were closely monitored.
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