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Through a Rural Lens UK Rural Development and Networking Conference 2017

location: Clayton Hotel, Belfast 14th & 15th November 2017
Started:14/11/2017
Ended:15/11/2017

 

In the UK, four Network Support Units (NSUs) operate to enhance the implementation of the Rural Development Programme in each of the regions of Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. 

A regular exchange of information and co-ordination among each of the regional Networks is in place to ensure consistency, create synergies and avoid duplication.

It is planned that each Network, over the course of the Programme period, will host 1 UK wide Rural Development & Networking Conference. The first of these events was agreed to be hosted in Northern Ireland with the Northern Ireland NSU taking the lead.

EVENT PURPOSE:
Designed to examine and explore rural life, this 2 day conference provided an opportunity to respond to the current trends and challenges of rural areas and together create a ‘roadmap’ for the future of rural development across the UK.

It was designed to provide a framework through which delegates would be challenged to engage in discussion and contribute to a shared understanding of rural areas, and of the issues and potential opportunities for future development.

With the aim of inspiring, motivating and connecting stakeholders, the event provided a range of opportunities to share forward-looking ideas.

The event was designed to:-

  • Explore the meaning of rural across the UK, looking at the key characteristics of each region
  • Consider how the Rural Development Programme (RDP) is contributing to the development of rural areas across the UK identifying current priorities and examples of RDP projects in action
  • Learn from examples of research about current and future trends that will influence rural life
  • Summarise the current position and pose questions for the future of rural areas in order to provoke and enthuse delegates to engage in the process of vision setting

 

MATERIALS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD:

 

DOWNLOAD PROGRAMME

DAY 1: 14TH November 2017

Short Animation: Through a Rural Lens: Across the Regions

 

PRESENTATIONS FOR DOWNLOAD:

MAIN SPEAKERS

 

Professor Sarah Skerratt, Scotlands Rural College.

  Rural Scotland in Focus, Generating much needed Rural Evidence 

Neil McCullough, Oxford Economics

  Trends, Challenges and Opportunities for Rural People & Places 

• Professor Jeremy Phillipson, Newcastle University 

  Future Directions & Models of Rural Development 

 


WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS

 

Sustainable and Inclusive Communities (Jim Hume)

Sustainable and Inclusive Communities (James Claffey)

Enterprise and Employment (Mairead McCormack)

Land use, Environment and Rural Economy (Patrick Casement)

Infrastructure & Connectivity (Daniel Heery)

 

DAY 2: 15TH November 2017

PROJECTS IN PRACTICE

 

• Harrison’s Food Shop Greyabbey

Peninsula Healthy Living Centre Kircubbin (onsite presentation at Harrison’s)

 

• The Railway Preservation Society in Ireland, Whitehead

Gobbins Cliff Path, Islandmagee (onsite presentation at The Railway Preservation Society)

 

• Lagan Navigation Trust, Lisburn:

  The Industry Barge Project (additional presentations to follow)

 

Loughgiel - Rural Community Hub & Health & Well-being Centre

Lough Neagh Partnership

 


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