The Euracademy Thematic Guides
The Thematic Guides that have been used in the Summer Academies were revised and enriched in the light of the Summer Academies, adding useful Thematic manuals in the European bibliography of sustainable rural development. The two first Thematic Guides have been listed by CEDEFOP in the library of the Training Village. The Thematic Guides include:
Thematic Guide One
The 1st Thematic Guide on “Developing Sustainable Rural Tourism” has been produced through collaborative effort among Euracademy project partners, and includes two theoretical chapters on Sustainable Rural Development and Sustainable Rural Tourism; and six more practical chapters, presenting the elaboration of six themes pertinent to sustainable rural tourism with illustrated examples. These themes include the development of the tourism product, the management of natural and cultural heritage, sensitisation of local community, the creation of synergies between tourism and other sectors of the economy, entrepreneurship and strategic planning. The Thematic Guide One was published in 2003 in English and was also translated to Spanish, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, and Romanian.
This Thematic Guide has been revised and enriched with Ukrainian case-studies and published in Ukrainian in 2007, with support from the European Commission, TACIS IBPP programme.
Thematic Guide Two
The 2nd Thematic Guide on the theme of “Information Society and Sustainable Rural Development” was prepared by an expert with contribution of case studies from the Euracademy project partners and students of the 2nd Summer Academy. It includes two theoretical chapters introducing the subjects of Sustainable Rural Development and Information Society respectively, while the remaining five chapters are devoted to the “players” in the Information Society arena (i.e. the entrepreneur, the public service provider, the citizen, the planner and provider of Information and Communication Technologies and the animator). Illustrated examples of good practice are attached to each chapterThe Thematic Guide Two was published in 2003 in English and was also translated to Polish, Norwegian and Romanian.
Thematic Guide Three
The 3rd Thematic Guide on "Diversification of Rural Economies and Sustainable Rural Development in the Enlarged Europe" was prepared by a team of Euracademy Association members led by the Institute of Rural Sociology of N. Copernicus University. It includes an introductory chapter on the ?challenge? of diversification and its origin; and five further chapters discussing the policy framework of diversification and the role of farmers, SMEs, public services and human resources in applying successfully the diversification policies. The Thematic Guide Three was published in 2005 in English and was also translated to Polish.
Thematic Guide Four
The 4th Thematic Guide on “Social capital and Sustainable Rural Development” was prepared by a team of Euracademy Association members and other experts, led by the Institute of Rural Research and Training of the Helsinki University. It includes two introductory chapters on the definition of social capital and its analysis as a resource for sustainable rural development; and four further chapters discussing how social capital may be created from “bottom up” or “top down” and its contribution to economic development and cultural identity. The Thematic Guide Four has been revised and edited, following the input of the participants to the 4th Summer Academy. Publication is pending.
The 5th Thematic Guide on “The Role of Education and Lifelong Learning in Sustainable Rural Development” was prepared by a team of Euracademy Association members and other experts. It includes two parts. Part I discusses education and lifelong learning as agents of change in rural areas and introduces the new “tools” that are available through ICT, which increase the access of rural residents to all grades and aspects of education through life. Part II describes the new methods of delivery of primary, secondary, vocational and tertiary education, that make such education accessible to rural residents in particular; presents examples of how education and lifelong learning can improve the quality of life in rural areas and combat social exclusion; and discusses the role of guidance in making education and lifelong learning opportunities more relevant to people’s as well as to the labour market‘s needs. The Thematic Guide Five is has been revised and edited, following the input of the participants to the 5th Summer Academy and was printed in 2009.
Thematic Guide Six
The 6th Thematic Guide on “Culture and Sustainable Rural Development” was prepared by a team of Euracademy Association members and other experts. It includes three parts. Part I sets the scene on rural culture, rural heritage and discusses the close ties between culture and sustainable rural development. Part II discusses rural culture as a agent of development for rural areas and includes case studies from all over Europe on the topic. Part III deals with the planning of rural development with a focus on culture and includes case studies linking the topic with national and European policies. The Thematic Guide Six has been revised and edited, following the input of the participants to the 6th Summer Academy and was printed in 2009.
Thematic Guide Seven
The 7th Thematic Guide on “Sustainable 2020 for Rural Environment in Europe” was prepared by Euracademy Association with the help of experts. It includes six chapters, dealing with an overview of current environmental issues, the climate change, sustainable agriculture, protected areas, landscape and awareness raising about environmental issues. This Thematic Guide has been revised and enriched with further case studies following the input of the participants to the 7th Summer Academy and was published as an e-document in English in 2009. Publication in Slovenian and English by the Slovenian Ministry of Agriculture is pending.
Thematic Guide Eight
The 8th Thematic Guide on “Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development: an integrated approach” was prepared by Euracademy Association members with the help of experts. The guide includes six chapters on the contribution of sustainable agriculture to rural development, the consumer movement, the impact of sustainable agriculture on the environment and landscape, the institutional context of sustainable agriculture and local governance and the role of rural animators. The Thematic Guide was revised following the input of participants of the 8th Summer Academy and will be further enriched with case studies. A draft version is available for download.
The 9th Thematic Guide on “Social Innovation and Sustainable Rural Development” was prepared by Euracademy Association members with the help of experts. The guide includes seven chapters on the concept of social innovation, the relation between social innovation and sustainability the link with enterpreneurship and several case studies from across Europe. The Thematic Guide was revised following the input of participants of the 9th Summer Academy and has been further enriched with case studies.The guide was published in 2011.
The 10th Thematic Guide on “Local Governance and Sustainable Rural Development” was prepared by Euracademy Association members with the help of experts. The guide includes six chapters on local goverance as multi-level partnerships and networks, the role of rural animators, participative governance and prospects on the EU Rural Policy, learning networks and others.