The sustainability of
Rural Communities & Places
Rural places are home to communities who matter. These diverse communities have a right to survive, to thrive and to lead on the development of their places. They make a valuable contribution to wider society, in cultural, economic and environmental terms.
We are helping people to safeguard their cultural heritage and to use it for community and wider public benefit. We are aiding communities as they empower themselves in decisions and make their voices heard. We are supporting people as they develop their communities, repopulate their areas, care for the local environment and contribute towards a Just Transition.
We are working with communities across Europe and with a range of community associations, environmental NGOs, universities and public bodies. Much of our work focuses on promoting community empowerment, so that the people who live in a place take part in decisions about the land and its conservation, development and use. We are also promoting inherited land use practices and cultural knowledge, for their intrinsic worth and because of the contributions they can make to achieving environmental and humanitarian goals.