Author: Leticia Abarca (AEIDL)
The SHERPA Final Conference, held on June 1st and 2nd at the European Committee of the Regions, marked a significant milestone in shaping the future of rural development in Europe. Among the distinguished participants, the CODECS team made a remarkable impact through their active engagement in several ways.
On the first place, at the SHERPA Final Conference, the Rural Corridor served as an interactive platform for organizations and stakeholders to showcase their projects and initiatives. CODECS seized this opportunity and participated with a stand, attracting attention and fostering discussions. With their presence, CODECS effectively highlighted their work in promoting rural development and innovation. The team engaged with attendees, sharing valuable insights, exchanging ideas, and forging new collaborations. By actively participating in the Rural Corridor, CODECS contributed to the collective knowledge exchange and emphasized the significance of smart connected rural areas.
On the second place, as the coordinator of CODECS, Gianluca Brunori contributed to the SHERPA Final Conference. During the second day, he took part in the sessions titled “Contribution to the wider policy framework”, which aimed to explore the potential policy implications of the SHERPA project and its findings. With his expertise in rural development and a passion for connected rural areas, Brunori delivered a compelling pitch on the importance of fostering connectivity and participation in rural regions. By actively participating in this session, Brunori effectively conveyed the significance of inclusive policy frameworks that consider the unique needs and challenges faced by rural communities.
The CODECS team’s participation in the SHERPA Final Conference left a lasting impact on the discourse surrounding rural development and innovation. Through their engagement in the Rural Corridor and the sessions on the wider policy framework, CODECS successfully highlighted the importance of connected rural areas and emphasized the need for inclusive policies. By actively participating in the co-creative exercises, CODECS contributed to the final findings of the SHERPA project. The efforts of CODECS exemplify their commitment to empowering and transforming rural areas, paving the way for a more smart, sustainable and prosperous future.