Special Issue "Sustainable Rural Development: Strategies, Good Practices, and Opportunities Ⅱ"
A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 October 2021.
Interests: human geography; rural development; demography; geographic information systems
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Interests: human geography; rural development; demography
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In recent decades, rural areas a global scale have suffered severe demographic losses and are tending to depopulate as a result of a process of structural ageing and emigratory movements (rural–urban) that result in large losses of young populations and increasingly regressive demographic dynamics. In some territories, this has led to the abandonment of numerous villages and the proliferation of territories without economic activities with serious socio-economic and environmental results.
In 2020, a Special Issue entitled "Sustainable Rural Development: Strategies, Good Practices and Opportunities" was launched, in which 16 papers were published. The aim of this monograph was to study this problem with contributions in which different initiatives or projects are presented to reduce the demographic, economic and social imbalances between rural and urban areas. On the other hand, some studies highlighted the weaknesses that certain projects and programmes are having in achieving the same objectives. The papers presented were very diverse and provided cases in a wide variety of territories across European, American and Asian. The different strategies presented focused on achieving rural development through the promotion of activities complementary to agriculture, such as rural tourism, the revaluation of natural heritage, the promotion of agroecological products, the industrial promotion of rural areas, the introduction of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Internet to improve their communications and teleworking, the design of sustainable housing for youngers and new settlers, etc.
These were different approaches that allowed us to contribute, from scientific, holistic and multidisciplinary knowledge, new strategies that can help public policy managers with decision making and in equitable planning and management strategies. For this reason, we are launching a second edition of this Special Issue for other initiatives or projects to be submitted that are being carried out. We encourage authors to submit contributions in the following priority areas to this Special Issue of Land:
- Approaches and models of rural development and their evolution in the world, e.g., European policies and rural development programs and rural development strategies;
- Integrated forms of urban–rural planning and multilevel governance, e.g., urban partnerships and the role of the city in the development and stability of the rural population;
- The diversification of activities, employment, and income: agribusiness integration, heritage, and tourism as the basis of rural competitiveness, e.g., occupational transformation and new social actors, innovation and new technologies, value chains and productive networks, rural–urban co-working and networking, and intelligent, inclusive, and sustainable territories;
- Mobility and new rural dynamics;
- Depopulation and strategies for the demographic challenge in rural areas;
- The insertion of SDG 2030 in rural development: the green circular economy.
Prof. Dr. Ana Nieto Masot
Dr. José Luis Gurría Gascón
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- sustainable rural development
- strategies against depopulation
- rural–urban partnerships
- rural development programs and strategies
- diversification of economic activities
- Sustainable Development Goal 2030