New cooperation proposal submited by the Teleparc Centre
The Teleparc centre of the Gers CCI submitted on the 31st of March 2011 the GRISI PLUS (Geomatic Rural Information Society Initiative PLUS) proposal in the framework of the 4rth call for proposals of the INTERREG IVC programme (European Territorial Cooperation). The project corresponds to the priority topic of INTERREG IVC programme « Innovation and Knowledge Economy – The Information Society ».
The GRISI PLUS objective is to improve economic development policies in rural areas by increasing the use of geographical information and geomatics tools in order to face the major stakes of rural territories. GRISI PLUS wants to introduce a new “modernity” in European rural territories mainly based on the development and implementation of geomatics tools within the GRISI project (Interreg IIIC) as well as on welcoming practices of new inhabitants within the SOHO SOLO project (Interreg IIIB).
GRISI PLUS aims at giving to the political decision-makers effective tools of decision-making support.
To achieve this goal, partners will exchange experience, identify and transfer good practices in 2 domains related to their common issues for the revitalization of rural territories:
- Development of the attractiveness of rural territories to attract new inhabitants. The latter will be able to telework (work at distance) thanks to the New ICT. These new inhabitants bring new skills and wealth, are concerned by the environmental protection and they contribute in maintaining proximity services. They thus contribute in reinforcing territorial cohesion, developing employment and increasing competitiveness in EU
- Promotion of local tangible and intangible products
GRISI PLUS gathers 14 partners from 11MS of the North, South, East and West areas, thus covering widely the EU territory. The partnership includes Regions, Provinces, Associations of municipalities and territorial development agencies to consider different territorial levels and their competences.
The principal action is the identification and transfer of good practices to improve 13 economic development policies of rural areas. Its success relies on 2 essential elements: effective project coordination and a communication strategy to disseminate the results to policymakers, citizens, and to 42 other relevant institutions, thus raising awareness to key players on the themes tackled.
More information on the GRISI PLUS proposal is available on the project sheet.