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A wonderful Civic Dialogue workshop in Wales!

From 9 to 12 April 2015, we were welcome in Wales by our partner PLANED who co-organised our 1st workshop entirely dedicated to Civic Dialogue. The 1st day, visits and exchange with local actors and PLANED staff helped us understanding how the organisation works with and for local communities in order to support the local development ,  a clear example of Community-Led Local Development. The 2nd day, the floor was given to participants to present some of their projects enhancing citizens participation and dialogue between stakeholders with a wide range of topics such as: management of Natura 2000, Rural parliaments, designing social mobilisation on local level, or fostering care services in municipalities for instance... We finished with an intensive and enrich training by PLANED that shared the methods they usually use to accompagny local communities to design their action plan. Brain work was completed by activities for soul and body: sharing music, dances and local food !
Report available soon. Photos available on our gallery

Discover 10 experiences related to Civic dialogue.
With the support of our colleague PYG from Geyser, we have published on our website 10 experiences –some  success stories, interesting practices – that illustrate what Civic dialogue can mean in practice.  They give a broad range of how Dialogue between stakholders and authorithies can take place,  from local to European level, from bottom-up to  top-down approaches, throughout Europe. Some experiences are institutional initiatives, other are promoted by civil society organisations and they have different initial focus : aiming at solving problems territorial problems, developping project and solutions together, influencing policies, co-deciding …. So if you want to know more on  local rural development committes, participatory budgets, mountain forest forums, mediation processes, participatives approach etc, visit our website:

New Youth Scholarship in Spain.
A new Scholarship has started in Spain where Carlos,  a beekeeper from Rincon de Ademuz, a small rural territoryin the inland of Valencia Region welcome Emilie from France. The exchange will focus on on natural / organic beekeeping, Participatory Guarantee Systems (involving consumers and farmers) and also on his involvement in the rural territory. among other topics. If you are interested in as a trainee or as a host, please visit our page:

Save the date! Youth Gathering on 23-26 October, 2015 - The Netherlands.
From 23 - 26 October 2015, Forum Synergies will hold a YOUTH Gathering. The event will be co-organised with the "Future Farmers in the Spotlight" network ( - an organisation that wants to show and share inspiring stories about young farmers who have – despite the many difficulties – managed to set up farming initiatives which are innovative, viable and sustainable! We will meet in the Warmonderhof (, an organic farmschool near Wageningen in the Netherlands. We want to build on the results of our Youth workshop held during the ERSG 2014 in Beaufortain where we identified main topics the youth is concerned about as there are:
1) Networking: How to motivate people to work on youth topic together/ with different stakeholders
2) Access to land and capital as a key factor for young people to set up in rural areas
3) Rural community and youth: Preparation of areas for youth coming back to live in them; Youth as part of community
4) How to link education and rural areas:
More information will follow soon!  We invite you to contribute your ideas and suggestions in order to build up commonly the next steps!

Second European Rural Parliament : The European Rural Parliament is a long-term campaign to express the voice of rural people in Europe. It reaches a climax every two years with a Gathering of rural people from all parts of Europe, a three-day event, with one day of study tours in regions surrounding the venue, followed by two days of workshops and plenary sessions. This event will culminate in the adoption of a European Rural Manifesto and supporting Report, aimed at both rural communities and governments throughout Europe and at European Institutions. This year ERCA, PREPARE and ELARD will organise it in Schärding, on November 4-6, 2015 (Austria). .

Arc 2020 Good food, Good farming conference in  February2015.  ARC 2020 organised its Good food, Good farming conference, on February to work up a roadmap towards sustainable food systems for the future.

Threats of a potential Transatlantic Trade and Investement Partnership – TTIP This partnership is being negotiated bewteen USA and the EU in a non-transparent way,  and its agreements could have strong inpacts on food safety, animal welfare, seeds, consumer and citizens rights and democray. Visit the ARC2020 website to know more on TTIP and its impact on the future of good food and farming. To support the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) against TTIP and CETA, sign on the website:

Interesting organisations and platforms related to biodiversity and agroecology.  
· Web-based platform that brings together research, information and practical experiences on results-based agri-environment schemes, i.e. schemes that focus on paying farmers for biodiversity achievements:
· The Ecological Land Co-operative shares a new online resource that provides a comprehensive overview of research on ecological agriculture currently being conducted in the
·A new brochure showcasing examples of best practice farming and food initiatives from around Europe has just been published.  Civil Society platform Arc2020, Friends of the Earth Europe, in association with IFOAM EU, have brought together 10 innovative approaches  in “Transitioning Towards Agroecology: Using the CAP to build new food systems”.
Calendar of events: The new calendar of events related to rural sustainable development is online!

2nd Latvian Rural Communities Parliament: 3-5 June 2015, Latvia (Latvian Rural Forum)

XI Estonian Rural Parliament7-9 August 2015, Estonia (Kodukant)

Forum Synergies Youth Gathering23-26 October 2015, The Netherlands. (Furture Farmers in the Spotlight and Forum Synergies)

2nd European Rural Parliament4-6 Nov. 2015, Austria (ERCA, PREPARE and ELARD)
10 experiences on Civic dialogue:  discover examples of participation, with multiple stakeholders, from local to European level, driven by citizens organisations or institutions and linked to territorial issues.

Study "Liberating the fields - land markets and new forms of ownership in organic farming":
This study, commissioned by the association « Demeter international » in July 2012 and edited by Dr. Titus Bahner has the interest to offer a general overview  of what has been done on land and farming markets in Europe for the last forty years. Now available in English on:
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