European cooperation projects

GRISI PLUS:

Geomatics tools for the improvement of economic development policies in rural areas

 
Project status
ongoing
Project type
European Cooperation Project
Umbrella project
Interreg IVC
Project's coordinator
  • Chambre de Commerce et Industrie du Gers (CCI Gers)
  • GRISI PLUS

    Nowadays, rural areas face various stakes: aging and declining population, poor local economy, isolation, lack of use of the ICT, lack of infrastructures, inertia regarding innovation... To address these issues, GRISI PLUS wants to introduce a new modernity in EU rural areas, mainly based on the results achieved in the development and implementation of geomatics tools within the GRISI project (Interreg 3C) and welcoming practices under the SOHO SOLO project (Interreg 3B).


    GRISI PLUS aims at improving the effectiveness and enriching economic development policies in rural areas by increasing the use of geographical information and geomatics tools (Information Society approaches and practices) to give decision-support tools to public key players and policymakers. 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. A balance between more and less experienced partners is kept to ensure a win-win cooperation for all rural territories. All partners participated actively in the preparation and the majority will play a crucial role in the project execution.


    The mail activity 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. The main outputs and results are:

    - 13 implementation plans (1 per partner region) and publication of 1 good practices guide

    - Improvement of 13 economic development policies in rural areas

    - Successful transfer of at least 5 good practices

    - Identification and analysis of 10 good practices in each partner region

    - 42 other relevant institutions aware of the project results

    - Durability of the results by being present in existing online media in each partner region

    - 5 study visits, 1 seminar and 1 training session to exchange experience

    - Organization of a launching and a final conference with over 450 participants

    GRISI PLUS will be carried out thanks to 3 Components listed below:

    Component 1: Management and Coordination

    The first component will ensure the effective day-to-day project animation, contacts with the partners and INTERREG IVC project officers so that the project is carried out successfully. It is divided in 3 sub-actions:

    • Consortium
    • Animation
    • Reporting

     

    Component 2: Communication and Dissemination

    The Component 2 is dedicated to the creation of all documents and tools for continuous communication and dissemination of the project activities and results. The communication plan will be presented, discussed and validated by the partnership during the kick-off meeting (100 persons).


    The communication plan will include several local medias (journals, newspapers, radio, tv):

    - One press release for the 2 general events (launching and final conference) will be written and sent by all the partners to the media which they will have selected in their territory. These press release will be written in english and translated by the partners in their national language (if needed). The objective is to diffuse the press release to 2 media (minimum): 61 press releases *2 media.

    - During each technical study visit, the hosting partner will organize a local press conference and distribute a press kit (including the press release) to local journalists.


    In particular, the CP2 includes:

    • All communication documents for the 2 public conferences (launching and final conferences);
    • Creation of a project website to raise public awareness and to disseminate the GRISI PLUS results. This website will be translated in the national languages of the partners (if needed);
    • Creation and edition of a brochure (A4 format) in english which will be translated in the 10 partners' languages (500 copies per partner = 7000 copies in total);
    • Participation of each partner in an event organized in his country (seminar, conference, etc) in order to present and disseminate the GRISI PLUS actions. The project prochure will be diffused in this kind of events (300 people impacted*14)
    • Organization of seminars: from December 2012 (after the the second study visit) to June 2014 (before the final conference), the partners have to organize 2 seminars regarding the topic “Attractiveness of rural territories” in each country partner (target: 30 invited persons*14*2 seminars). The GRISI PLUS activities, achievements and results will be disseminated during these events.
    • Organization of the final conference in Brussels in September 2014 where the 13 implementation plans (CP3) will be presented (targeted audience: 300 persons, participants by webcast: 50).

    Component3: Exchange of experiences dedicated to the identification and transfer of good practices

    The GRISI PLUS objective is to show, exchange, discuss and finally implement good practices concerning two topics related to the attractiveness of rural territories by using GIS and geomatics tools:

    1) Attraction of newcomers: potential future managers able to work at home or new tourists able to make their own tourist itinerary using regional portals)

    2) Promotion of traditional tangible and immaterial products following the "One village One product" principle: marketing of specific local products promoting the potential of a village and its inhabitants

    The Leadpartner (LP) will host the partnership during 5 days in Jan. 2012 where the methodology for the project execution will be described. Our two Irish partners are in the same region, in fact we have only 13 "regional" partners.
    The GRISI PLUS approach under the CP2 can be splited in 3 parts:

    The 1st part will start after the kick-off meeting and it will last 6 months. The following actions will be undertaken in each partner region:

    - Identification of geographic data and Spatial Data Infrastructures available and/ or under construction which could be useful for the topics tackled within the project

    - Inventory of existing  websites which can be useful for the promotion of the attractiveness of territories

    - Inventory of policies, key players and stakeholders related to territorial attractiveness             

    - Inventory of past projects or projects in progress which could be useful for the topics tackled within the project.

    The 2nd part will be the organization of 5 study visits where two good practices per study visit will be described: 1 regarding newcomers attraction and 1 regarding promotion of local products (there will be a follow-up of each study visit). Between two study visits, the partners will study the feasability regarding the implementation of new good practices (shown during the study visits) in their territory. The objective that each partner region transfer at least 5 good practices.

    The 3rd part concerns the elaboration of the 13 implementation plans (one per partner region) between the end of the last study visit (Jan 2014) and the final conference in Brussels in September 2014.

    GRISI PLUS project will be carried out in three years (January 2012 – December 2014.

    The overall budget is 1 713 751,22 € and the European funding will be 1 398 873,98 €.