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Environmental competitiveness
Creating a territorial development strategy
in the light of the LEADER experience

“Rural Innovation”
Dossier n° 6 - Part 3
LEADER European Observatory
June 2000


Territorial approach to rural development

Chapter 1: From exploiting resources to environmental competitiveness

  • 1.1 Brief overview
  • 1.2 Lessons learned from LEADER concerning environmental competitiveness
  • 1.3 Identifying what room for manoeuvre exists to improve environmental competitiveness

Chapter 2: Evaluating the environmental competitiveness of an area

  • 2.1 Human resources
  • 2.2 Physical resources of an area
  • 2.3 Landscape and rural land
  • 2.4 External relations and markets
  • 2.5 Conclusion

Chapter 3: Reflecting on a strategy for improving environmental competitiveness

  • 3.1 Conventional territorial project approaches
  • 3.2 A few methodological guidelines
  • 3.3 Creating a collective dynamic
  • 3.4 Examples of strategies
  • 3.5 Conclusions


This part was drafted jointly by
Gilda Farrell (Deputy Director of
the LEADER European Observatory),
Robert Lukesch (ÖAR, Austria) and
Samuel Thirion (INDE, Portugal).
This document is the product of
discussions by the European LEADER
Observatory’s Innovation Working
Group, coordinated by Gilda Farrell
and comprised of Evelyne Durieux
(LEADER European Observatory),
Martine François (GRET, France),
Robert Luckesch (ÖAR, Austria),
Elena Saraceno (CRES, Italy), Paul
Soto (Iniciativas Económicas, Spain)
and Samuel Thirion (INDE, Portugal).
Yves Champetier and Jean-Luc Janot
(LEADER European Observatory) helped
to finalise the text.
Production coordination: Christine
Charlier (LEADER European Observatory).

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