On the 2nd of June, 2021, the TV show YPAITHROS that is broadcasted by the local channel of the Region of Central Greece, STAR, hosted four members of the Greek pilot, Ms. Ioanna Kalyva, Head of Project Management Department at GAIA ΕPΙCHEΙRΕΙΝ, Ms. Nikoleta Darra, Research Associate of the Agricultural University of Athens, Ms. Panagiota Louka, Scientific Advisor on Program Management at NEUROPUBLIC and Ms Athanasia Dampasi, Scientific Associate Region of CentraL Greece, on a discussion concerning PoliRural project.

During the virtual meeting, the prevailing rural conditions across Europe and the factors that led to the creation of the project as well as its objectives were initially described. The implementation and the methods followed were analyzed, as well as the current outcomes and the main factors that affect the rural development of the area were described. In addition, proposals that can provide solutions to the problems faced by the inhabitants of the prefecture were presented.

Particular emphasis was placed on the incentives that can be given to young people to choose to stay permanently in the rural area as well as the factors that can be developed to improve the livelihoods of the existing residents of the province. More specifically, the described incentives concern the existence of the possibility of scientific and professional training of the inhabitants, the existence of technological infrastructures but also lower taxes.

Last but not least, an attempt is made to assess the future situation that will prevail in the Region of Central Greece through the use of models that take into account both qualitative and quantitative parameters but also possible changes related to demographic change, the effects of climate change, technological development and possible policies that can to be implemented.

You can watch the video in Greek here.

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