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Territorial competitiveness

Creating a territorial development
strategy in light of the LEADER experience
[Part 1]

“Rural Innovation”
Dossier n° 6 - Part 1
LEADER European Observatory
December 1999


Territorial approach to rural development

Chapter 1: The territorial approach in rural areas - lessons learned from LEADER

  • 1.1 The territorial approach, a recent concept
  • 1.2 The territorial approach: emergence and development
  • 1.3 The local territorial approach: lessons from LEADER

Chapter 2: Territorial capital and territorial project

  • 2.1 Developing a territorial project by evaluating the “territorial capital”
  • 2.2 A few methodological ideas for analysing an area’s capital
  • 2.3 From analysing the area’s capital to developing a strategy

Chapter 3: Progressing from analysing the territorial capital to developing a territorial development strategy

  • 3.1 A few basic ideas for developing a strategy based on the principles of a territorial approach
  • 3.2 Creating a collective dynamic around the territorial project
  • 3.3 A few examples of territorial development strategies



This first part was drafted jointly by
Gilda Farrell (Deputy Director of the
European LEADER Observatory) and Samuel
Thirion (INDE, Portugal), with the
collaboration of Paul Soto (Iniciativas
Económicas, Spain).

This document is the product of the
work of the European LEADER Observatory’s
Innovation Working Group, coordinated by
Gilda Farrell and made up of Evelyne Durieux
(European LEADER Observatory), Martine François
(GRET, France), Robert Lukesch (ÖAR, Austria),
Elena Saraceno (CRES, Italy), Paul Soto
(Iniciativas Económicas, Spain) and Samuel
Thirion (INDE, Portugal).
Yves Champetier and Jean-Luc Janot
(European LEADER Observatory) contributed to
the finalisation of the document.
Production coordination: Christine Charlier.

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