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  • Financing: Horizon 2020
  • Duration: 2020-2024

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SHERPA (Sustainable Hub to Engage into Rural Policies with Actors) is a four-year project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and is coordinated by ECORYS Brussels. AEIDL is leading the work on stakeholder engagement, communications and dissemination and contribute to the rest of the activities of the project with its expertise on rural development.

Uniting 17 partners from all over Europe, the project aims at engaging citizens, stakeholders, scientists, and decision-makers in formulating recommendations with the ambition to redefine European development policies and the research agenda for rural areas.

The interaction between research, policy and citizens will take place in up to 40 Multi-Actor Platforms (MAPs) set up in 20 Member States and in a MAP at EU level.

The SHERPA rural citizens-science-policy hub will contribute to policy development in three areas:

  • providing inputs for the design of future research policies;
  • supporting the implementation of policies relevant to rural areas in the 2021-2027 programming period;
  • helping set the direction of rural policies in the next programming period (after 2027).

A key outcome of the project will be the development of position papers that will provide policy recommendations on specific thematic areas, on the basis of previous research and the local input of the MAPs.