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Sustainable Forest Management Workshop - ANNOUNCEMENT
From 17 - 20 March 2016 the 1st workshop in a series of four will be held in Somerset, UK. Co-organising partner will be EuCAN UK.
Main objectives are: examining what is meant by sustainable forestry. Raising awareness of the wider benefits of sustainable forestry management and the services it provides. Promoting discussion and exchange of good and/ or innovative practices. Programme draft.
For more information about our goal and activities on sustainable forestry management please check our Action Sheet!

Impressions on Moldova LifeShop
From 24 to 27 of September 2015, Forum Synergies organised a “Lifeshop” in Ungheni districts (Republic of Moldova), in partnership with PREPARE and Ecological Movement of Moldova. The LifeShop concept offers local players the opportunity to discover local lifestyle, with a specific focus on personal relationship between visitors and local hosts more than political proposals. Sixteen participants from 10 countries – including participants from Georgia - discovered Moldova reality.
Meetings with vice Mayor of Ungheni, with responsible for agriculture department or with farmers association gave us an overview on the agricultural situation where 2 models still coexist: subsistence farming versus exportation one (to Russia or EU). The visits and further exchange with local leaders and Moldavian participants committed in local development raised some questions on Moldova countryside future: how to maintain people in the villages – and in the country? What about agroecology and young farmers? But also stressed the potential and capacity of the people and experiences visited. 

We create our rural future! Europe is ours!
The rural youth & young farmers workshop took place from 22-25 October in Dronten, NL. As the starting point of a series of workshops the event was organised together with the Future Farmers Movement.
About 40 participants from 24 European countries (EU and neigbouring) took the chance to go out and experience realities of youth in rural Netherlands, exchange with the local young entrepreneurs, local young farmers and community farms on the issues of sustainable production, cooperation, education and networking.
Discover here more information about the programme (booklet) or visit our website!
Reports will be available soon!

2nd European Rural Parliament - "All Europe shall live!"
From 4-6 November 2015, the 2nd Rural Parliament took place in Schärding, Austria. 240 delegates from 40 European countries took part in this event whose aim was to express the voice of the rural people. The rich programme included field visits, plenary sessions and workshops and a "Market of initiatives" that was organised by Forum Synergies.
This 3 days event, co-organised buy PREPARE, ERCA and ELARD was the culmination of one year of activities including National Rural Parliaments and National campaigns that gathered the needs and proposals from rural territories. The visions and recommendations for the future of rural Europe are compiled in a "European Rural Manifesto". Please feel free to circulate! For more information please visit the ERP website.


Future Farmers Movement: "FFM is a mainly volunteer driven grassroots initiative: for future farmers by future farmers". Besides offering inspiration and information to help young farmers setting up their own farm FFM created a series of video clips about young farmers who did it! The project is called "Young farmers in the spotlight". The Farm Experience Internship - a 3 ECTS international summer course at the Wageningen University for students and non-students, intended to bring together the theoretical University knowledge with practical skills and knowledge from farmers.

EuCAN: EuCAN is a community interest Company active in the UK and other European countries. Their main interest ist to involve more people and communities in the conservation management of their local environment. Thex provide training and practical experiences n nature conservation and in sustainable land management and food production enterprises.

Groupe de Bruges has launched an e-learning plattform that allows all European citizens to learn and discuss the CAP (Common Agrucultural Policy). The tool is for free and available in EN, IT, FR and DE language. The platform consists of five parts: CAP Game, CAP Basic videos, CAP Pro course, CAP Webinars & CAP Forums.
The platform can be entered at: link. More information is also available here (leaflet). For moire information please contact the Groupe de Bruges secretary, Mr Bart Soldaat, at +316 2129 2979

The website on access to land for agroecological farming was launched recently (link). This website was jointly prepared by an informal network of about 15 grassroots European organisations working on access to land in Europe. This announcement goes together with the invitation to spread the information widely and to share information and resources. You can also add  a new entry (link) in order to present your organisation or work on access to land. A newsletter is circulated twice a year, you can subscribe through the website!

Calendar of events: The new calendar of events related to rural sustainable development is online!
Sustainable Forest management: The 1st workshop in a series of 4 will be held in Milverton, Somerset, UK from 17-20 March 2016.

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