Up Rural! (Let’s Green, Digital and animate Rural Inclusive Territories) is an Erasmus+ funded collaboration between 7 partners across 6 countries - Ireland, Romania, Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

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Rural areas across Europe face similar challenges, demographic change, connectivity, low income and limited access to services, while at the same time, there are a number of opportunities in relation to the environment, food production and unique cultures. 

This is a research and training project that aims to increase the number of trained Community Development personnel in rural areas throughout Europe.  Training will focus on supporting disadvantaged and vulnerable groups across the partners' territories. 

This project aims to create a lasting impact in local communities by raising awareness of the environment, just transition and the transition to a green, digitalised and sustainable Europe.

Synthesis Centre for Research & Education recently hosted a project management meeting in Nicosia, Cyprus. Along with representatives of the hosting organisation, this meeting was attended by representatives of Ballyhoura Development CLG (Ireland), project leader Asociația GAL Napoca Porolissum (Romania), Edufor (Romania),  Exeo Lab (Italy), GEInnova (Spain) and Innovation Hive (Greece).

The meeting focused on finalising the research report, which will be published shortly and planning for the next phase of the project, which will focus on module development and learn, teach, train activities (LTTA).

In November, staff from the partner organisations will travel to Zaragoza, Spain, to participate in the first LTTA activity-become digital trainers. 

Over the coming months, the project team will be seeking participants from rural communities to take part in a Community Development officer training programme.  This will include a 5-day work-based learning placement in Romania.