International Scientific Conference

Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Slovakia
3-4 December 2015

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The conference titled “Sustainability of Rural Areas in Practice” is organized by Faculty of European Studies and Regional Development of the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra. 

The conference objective is to introduce new creative approaches to deal with key issues of rural areas development and to define new directions and practical examples for rural development, to present common and specific challenges and solutions, and to formulate recommendations for policymakers and institutions.

The objective will be achieved during discussions in three sessions:

1. New approaches to revitalization of rural economy and rural communities. 

The session will cover the following topics:

  • Increasing incomes of rural population, creating jobs in rural areas 
  • Diversification of rural economy, diversification of agricultural activities, PPP projects in agriculture, rural tourism, use of local resources 
  • Social aspects of rural communities development.

2. New environmental approaches in management of rural landscape

The session will cover the following topics:

  • Green growth
  • Biodiversity, soil and water issues
  • Development and support of environmental services. 

3. Agriculture, agricultural land and spatial planning

The session will cover the following topics:

  • Possession of agricultural land 
  • Protection of agricultural land.

As a conclusion, new challenges for policymakers and institutions (legislative support for rural development; policies at local, regional, national and international levels, their impact and financial security; competencies, position and influence of institutions; efficiency of institutional protection; legislative instruments of rural development support; and new challenges and legislation barriers for rural development) will be formulated.