The added value of LEADER
In a word...
Franz Fischler, Member of the European Commission in charge of Agriculture and
LEADER added value: Acting locally and globally
The LEADER approach to rural development is for the most part based
on proximity and the creation of links. These two specific
dimensions of the Initiative have enabled a large number of
marginalised rural areas to turn what until recently were
considered weaknesses and handicaps into resources and
opportunities. Going a step further by helping take advantage of
these assets at the global level is another added value of the
LEADER Initiative. This article will examine this, until now,
little explored dimension of LEADER.
LEADER, spearheading the diversification of Kalambaka-Pyli (Thessaly, Greece):
The world-famous Meteora and the tourist flows that they generate
are not enough to sustain the development of the region of
Kalambaka. In the vanguard to support the diversification of the
local economy, LEADER has helped fund a whole series of
Local dynamics, innovative products and cooperation in Central
Creating a network for village initiatives, innovative producers
and tour operators is the very essence of the LEADER intervention
in this fragile rural area of southern Finland.
LEADER Magazine no.23 - Summer 2000