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Sustainable use of local natural resources and cultural heritage for business development in Setomaa and Ape regions. (BUY LOCAL)
Start date: Jul 31, 2009, End date: Dec 30, 2011 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The needs and socio-economic circumstances of Setomaa and Ape regions are quite similar - therefore cooperation is the best way to discover new perspectives for the local producers and increase sustainability and competitiveness of the common region. With this idea, the project has been actively researching the demands for the local production, revealing the potential of the local natural, renewable energy and human resources, and accordingly developing of skills and technologies to use these resources. Achievements: In co-operation with research institutions, partners have assessed the various types of local resources and selected 5 fields for further analysis - clay products, wood processing, sheep and goat farming, gardening products and use of renewable energy resources in public houses. Comprehensive analysis of each of these fields have been further carried out, drawing the perspectives for the local producers in the specific region.A joint competence centre was developed in Obinitsa, Setomaa (EE), where the locally activated entrepreneurs, NGOs and municipality representatives from both countries have been meeting on a regular basis and discussing the results of the economic feasibility studies. Joint trainings have been provided for the local producers in the same premises and during field trips to Gaujiena, Vireši, Trapene and Ape. Also a joint wood processing incubation centre is being developed for the local producers in Ape, to enable them applying their skills in the fields marked as promising by the timber sector feasibility study.Besides the local training and networking activities, the local producers from Setomaa and Ape have participated in a field trip to food, wool and timber manufacturers in West Scotland, where they found various good examples of how to develop the local businesses (read about the trip here).More information please find at:
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