The sooner we understand that rural areas don not need to compete with urban areas, but know how to relate in a fairer way, how to learn from each other and live together in a sustainable way, better rural policies and investments will be planned. We have the opportunity to reorient rural and urban society, depopulation requires a new way of thinking and represents a huge potential opportunity to rethink many of the paradigms that have surrounded rural areas throughout the past century. The workshop will examine this issue and consider case studies and policy recommendations.
Leader / Speaker
María José Murciano Sánchez is the Manager of Spanish Network for Rural Development (REDR). She has over 20 years of professional experience in rural development policies, representing the Spanish Local Action Groups (LAGs) at national, European and worldwide level. Since 1999 is member of ELARD as representative of Spanish LAGs.
At international level she is adviser in supporting and improvement of local development processes and establishment of dialogues between different governmental levels in a variety of countries, particularly LAC and Caucasus countries. She has promoted the signing of Agreements and Monitoring of Annual Operational Programmes with international institutions and bodies: Ministries of Agriculture in Spain, Dominican Republic, Bolivia and Honduras, FAO United Nations, IICA (Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture) and AECID (Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation), among others.