On Tuesday the 9th of October, in the context of the Committee of the Regions Open Days Event 2012, ELARD hosted a workshop titled “The LEADER Approach Evolving Through Time: 20 years of Community Led Local Development in Practice”.
The workshop, which lasted 1hour and 45minutes, was composed of three presentations and a Q&A session. The aim of the workshop was to showcase the positive impact that the work of LEADER Local Action Groups has had upon rural communities over time. It focused on three case studies each of them covering a specific period of the lifetime of LEADER, thus touching upon the evolution and impact of this successful local development method through time. The first case study covering the impact of the initial period of the implementation of LEADER was based on examples from Ireland, the second one on examples from Finland, while the third one on the Czech Republic’s experience. The speakers on this occasion were Mr Petri Rinne (President of ELARD), Mrs Maura Walsh (IRD Duhallow) and Mr Radim Srsen (Czech Leader Network).
The workshop was followed by a networking session where the participants had a chance to discuss and meet the presenters as well as to taste Czech local delicacies and collect relevant literature.
It is worth mentioning that ELARD’s workshop was quite popular from the onset, as we had received about 160 registrations out of which unfortunately only 68 could be “formally” accommodated (that was the maximum capacity of the room allocated to us). Despite this, on the actual day of the workshop we counted more than 85 participants in the room (some standing others sitting on the floor).
Overall the workshop can be said that was very successful, something which was made apparent by the warm applauses of the participants after each presentation and their active engagement during the question and answer session.
The presentations given during the workshop can be found on the “relevant files” section of this page while pictures can be seen here.