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Transnational & Inter-Territorial Cooperation Between Rural Areas - Martin Mc Donald


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Presented at the Irish National Rural Network conference on the 1st of December 2009

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Transnational & Inter-Territorial Cooperation Between Rural Areas - Martin Mc Donald

  1. 1. Transnational & Inter-Territorial Cooperation Between Rural Areas Strategic Importance of Cross Border Cooperation Martin McDonald Rural Network for Northern Ireland
  2. 2. UK National Rural Network <ul><li>Over 110 Local Action Groups </li></ul>
  3. 3. Northern Ireland <ul><li>7 Local Action Groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Partners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Elected Representatives </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Local Government Framework </li></ul><ul><ul><li>7 Joint Council Committees </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Cross Border Cooperation between Northern Ireland and Ireland Northern Ireland, Ireland and the UK
  5. 5. <ul><li>Why cross border cooperation is a good place to start </li></ul><ul><li>What the benefits are </li></ul><ul><li>Practicalities of developing a cross border project </li></ul>
  6. 6. What is a Cooperation Project? <ul><li>Joint Action </li></ul><ul><li>2 or more LAGs </li></ul><ul><li>Mutual Benefit </li></ul><ul><li>Fit with the strategies of LAGS </li></ul>
  7. 7. Result in...................... <ul><li>Added value </li></ul><ul><li>Boost their local activities </li></ul><ul><li>Resolve certain problems </li></ul><ul><li>Add value to local resources </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Why is Cross Border a good place to start? </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>The issues normally associated with such actions </li></ul><ul><li>do not apply:- </li></ul><ul><li>Common language </li></ul><ul><li>Shared geography </li></ul><ul><li>Similar industry base </li></ul><ul><li>Proximity/Ease of travel </li></ul><ul><li>Existing relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Settlement sizes </li></ul><ul><li>Similar issues/challenges/opportunities </li></ul>
  10. 10. Benefits <ul><li>Gaining access to new ideas, by learning from others as well as sharing and discussing your own ideas and developments with transnational partners </li></ul><ul><li>Raising the profile of your LAG and region </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing your understanding of policy developments and that of other key partners </li></ul><ul><li>Acquiring new skills and competences especially in the delivery of the programme </li></ul><ul><li>Developing information and contacts </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Practicalities of developing a cross border cooperation project </li></ul>
  12. 12. 2 Stages to Cooperation
  13. 13. 2 Stages to Cooperation
  14. 14. Lessons from LEADER + <ul><li>Be prepared: make sure you understand a common language and appreciate cultural differences </li></ul><ul><li>Take time to explore the project idea and understand what is involved: take advantage of any funds for preparatory work </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t underestimate the time needed to do certain things </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware of technical (programming) differences with regard to national procedures and timing! </li></ul>
  15. 15. Lessons from LEADER + <ul><li>Have a very clear structure and clear responsibilities between the different partners – leading LAG very important if more than 2 partners </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t set too ambitious targets – projects can be done in phases </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t reinvent the wheel! Look to see what is already being done in similar areas; on similar themes, and with similar tools to achieve similar aims </li></ul><ul><li>Rural Networks, websites, seminars - all provide ideas and help – use these to find good ideas that you can turn into great ideas </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>17 Loy Street, </li></ul><ul><li>Cookstown, </li></ul><ul><li>Co. Tyrone </li></ul><ul><li>BT80 8PZ </li></ul><ul><li>Northern Ireland </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone: +44 (0) 28 8676 6980 </li></ul>