European Conference of Regional and Local Governments and General State Administration for Rural and Territorial Repopulation
The CILIFO project was present last Friday 17th of January in Ávila to participate in an event on innovation and entrepreneurship for Rural and Territorial Repopulation with the participation of the Director General of the Finnova Foundation, Juan Manuel Revuelta which is one of the beneficiary entities of the project.
The objective of the day was to value the potential of rural tourism, European funds and the challenge of climate change and circular economy. In this sense, CILIFO has an important role, as a project of good practices since it seeks to mitigate and adapt climate change through the fight against forest fires. Here the reforestation is an important factor since if the rural areas are maintained there will be less chance of fires.
Furthermore, the importance of taking advantage of the heritage and cultural resources of rural areas to create employment and attract entrepreneurs that help combat depopulation and that allow a balanced and sustained territorial development over time was highlighted.
In addition, youth employment and the opportunities offered by programs oriented to youngsters of the European Social Fund were discussed. These allow training programs for the subsequent return of this talent and development with tools of the European Union.
For this event, the Gredos statement was created to support innovation and entrepreneurship to fight the depopulation of rural areas.