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Sustainable Rural Development and Land Use Planning

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainability in Geographic Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2022) | Viewed by 16484

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Department of Art and Territorial Sciences, University of Extremadura, 10071 Cáceres, Spain
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Department of Art and Territorial Sciences, University of Extremadura, 10071, Cáceres, Spain
Interests: human geography; rural development; agrarian landscapes; rural tourism

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Dear Colleagues,

The European Rural Development Policy and, specifically, the LEADER Approach, are key tools in the endogenous, local, participatory and sustainable development of the rural environment and in its planning as an inhabited territory withneeds. Throughout its 30–year history, they have been rethought several times, with 2021–2027, according to the usual community operation, being the sixth programming period. During all these stages, the importance and repercussions of the method for the

European rural environment and for those territories that have taken it as an example, are unquestionable, and perhaps even more so today due to the demographic and socioeconomic reality faced by the different entities and public administrations that manage the funds.

We are interested in papers that study and investigate, both from theoretical and normative points of view as well as quantitative and statistical, the history of the Rural Development Policy and LEADER from its character of “community initiative” with specific funds assigned by the European Commission for each State Member until its consolidation, in 2007, as an axis of action of the EAFRD (European Agricultural and Rural Development Fund). In addition, it is necessary to investigate the new approaches for the future period 2021–2027 and the implementation of similar models in other regions of the world, that is, the future of public action policies designed to achieve greater and better rural development and not only at the European level, but also in other rural territories with the same needs, even more so in the current context of clear political and economic uncertainty.

We consider this an important multidisciplinary problem in which numerous researchers are involved. We encourage authors to submit contributions in the following priority areas to this Special Issue of Sustainability:

  • Strategies with which to alleviate the demographic and socioeconomic problems of the rural environment and to contribute to sustainable land use planning.
  • New models of sustainable rural development for land use planning.
  • Approaches of rural development and their evolution in the world, e.g., European policies and rural development programs and strategies to diversify the rural economies.
  • Rural partnerships and their roles in the development and stability of the rural economy and population.
  • The past, present, and future of rural development policy in Europe and its influence on other rural areas in the world.
  • Transnational cooperation for rural development.
  • Gender perspective in rural development policies.

Prof. Gema Cárdenas
Prof. Ana Nieto Masot
Prof. Felipe Leco Berrocal
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Keywords

  • sustainable rural development
  • sustainable land use planning
  • rural development programs and strategies
  • participatory local development strategies
  • rural development and land use planning
  • LEADER approach and local action groups
  • local development and rural areas

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The Impact of RDP Measures on the Rural Development: The Case of Romania
by Ramona Pîrvu, Laurențiu Dragomir, Bogdan Budică, Răducu-Ștefan Bratu, Sorin Dinulescu and Lili Țenea
Sustainability 2022, 14(8), 4857; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14084857 - 18 Apr 2022
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The goal of this study is to analyze the development of rural areas in Romania on the basis of the absorption of both the European non-reimbursable funds and the national funds for the modernization of the infrastructure of villages and communes. The aim [...] Read more.
The goal of this study is to analyze the development of rural areas in Romania on the basis of the absorption of both the European non-reimbursable funds and the national funds for the modernization of the infrastructure of villages and communes. The aim of the article is to carry out thorough empirical research on the process of rural development in Romania as a facet of the EU’s overall rural development. Thus, in order to obtain relevant results in connection with the pursued goal, we will be using hierarchical cluster analysis to observe the effects of the expenses financed through the National Rural Development Program (NRDP) on the development of rural areas. In accordance with the methodological approach of research, our goal is to give a picture of the way in which Romania’s counties (NUTS 3) were clustered at the beginning of the multi-annual planning (2014) as well as at the end of the planning period, in 2020, and to point out a series of practical and concrete aspects generated by the opportunities that the rural areas have had in terms of attracting structural funds. Based on the conducted analysis, we can say that a series of positive aspects can be put in the spotlight as a result of the existence of the European irredeemable funds, which engender positive direct and indirect effects on both the economy and the population’s standard of living. Full article
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The Third Sector: The “Other” Actors of Rural Development, Andalusia 2000–2015
by Eugenio Cejudo-García, Francisco Navarro-Valverde, José Antonio Cañete-Pérez and Noelia Ruiz-Moya
Sustainability 2021, 13(24), 13976; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132413976 - 17 Dec 2021
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Civil society plays an essential role in the development of our rural areas. In spite of this, little research has been conducted on the role of non-profit organizations, often referred to in general terms as the third sector, within the framework of the [...] Read more.
Civil society plays an essential role in the development of our rural areas. In spite of this, little research has been conducted on the role of non-profit organizations, often referred to in general terms as the third sector, within the framework of the LEADER program for rural development, especially in such a large geographical area as Andalusia, the study area of this research. The diversity of the groups that make up the “Others” group of rural development stakeholders is one of its most important characteristics. Over the course of the study period (2000–2015), these organizations have played a very significant role in Andalusia in both quantitative and qualitative terms. In order to find out more about the diversity of third sector organizations and to quantify and evaluate their importance, we carried out a detailed analysis of all the LEADER projects commenced in Andalusia between 2000 and 2015. The quantitative and quantitative results obtained highlight the diversity of these projects and how widely their presence varied from one type of rural area to the next. Our research reopens the debate about the growing role played by non-profit organizations in developed societies at a global level and within LEADER in particular. Full article
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Sustainable Development of Education in Rural Areas for Rural Revitalization in China: A Comprehensive Policy Circle Analysis
by Eryong Xue, Jian Li and Xingcheng Li
Sustainability 2021, 13(23), 13101; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132313101 - 26 Nov 2021
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Rural revitalization to promote sustainable rural development is a key strategy promoted by the Communist Party of China. We conducted a comprehensive policy analysis to explore the development of sustainable rural education for promoting rural revitalization in China. Integrity, openness, and endogeneity are [...] Read more.
Rural revitalization to promote sustainable rural development is a key strategy promoted by the Communist Party of China. We conducted a comprehensive policy analysis to explore the development of sustainable rural education for promoting rural revitalization in China. Integrity, openness, and endogeneity are critical in the development of sustainable rural education. We investigated the formulation and implementation of sustainable development policies supporting rural education in China through an in-depth analysis of the rural education policy circle (policy design, content, and implementation) and administered a survey among rural education administrators and teachers to elicit their perspectives. Education personnel employed in rural areas within 10 provinces, including school and education administrators, teaching staff and researchers, and teachers (in kindergartens, primary schools, and middle schools) were recruited for the study. A total of 741 questionnaires were sent out and returned (a recovery rate of 100%). Our findings indicated that the policy design was unreasonable, and its focus on rural-based care was inadequate. Moreover, integration and symbiosis of policy content was lacking, and the governance system was also inadequate, leading to poor policy implementation associated with insufficient support of teacher resources. In addition to addressing the above issues, we suggest that the policy should have a rural orientation to enhance integration and symbiosis, with a focus on building and consolidating the ranks of rural teachers. Full article
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An Ex Ante Analysis of the Planned Transportation Network in the Region of Extremadura (Spain) by Using Physical Parameters
by Pedro Plasencia-Lozano
Sustainability 2021, 13(11), 5947; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13115947 - 25 May 2021
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Some relevant transport infrastructures are expected to be built in Extremadura, a Spanish region. Future investments could transform the regional transportation system and therefore could act as an important lever for economic and social change. The text describes the current situation and also [...] Read more.
Some relevant transport infrastructures are expected to be built in Extremadura, a Spanish region. Future investments could transform the regional transportation system and therefore could act as an important lever for economic and social change. The text describes the current situation and also the planned infrastructures, and an ex ante study is developed. The research has set the deficiencies of Extremadura in terms of transportation network, but current planning proves that the rail and airport infrastructures in Extremadura are set to involve a significant change of model. Moreover, the importance of taking into consideration the transport planning documents of neighboring countries in the transport analysis of bordering regions and the negative consequence of designing national and regional transport plans without considering the neighboring plans have been described. Full article
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Enabling Factors for Better Multiplier Effects of the LEADER Programme: Lessons from Romania
by Alexandru Olar and Mugurel I. Jitea
Sustainability 2021, 13(9), 5184; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13095184 - 6 May 2021
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LEADER is an EU development method that aims to stimulate local actors to cooperate and co-produce ideas and projects that otherwise would not be possible. Therefore, the Local Action Groups (LAGs) should not only focus on implementing the Local Development Strategies but also [...] Read more.
LEADER is an EU development method that aims to stimulate local actors to cooperate and co-produce ideas and projects that otherwise would not be possible. Therefore, the Local Action Groups (LAGs) should not only focus on implementing the Local Development Strategies but also to actively contribute to the development of their territory. The aim of the present paper is to underline the most important tangible indirect multiplier effects produced by the LAGs in Romania in the 2014–2020 Programming Period and to identify the enabling characteristics and conditions for maximizing such effects in future LEADER actions. The study was conducted using the structured interview as a primary method for collecting data. The results were analyzed using the Principal Component Analysis and Hierarchical Cluster Analysis. The most important multiplier effects were the amount of non-LEADER grants that LAGs managed to attract and the innovation level of the projects supported from LEADER funding. The results show that the performance of LAGs is linked to the size of their team, their experience, and the involvement of their partners. However, not all LAGs managed to generate significant multiplier effects, suggesting that they still lack the experience necessary to successfully implement the method in their territories. Full article
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