Agency for Rural Development of Zadar County is a public institution founded by the County of Zadar with the aim of infroming, coordinating and implementing the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 and strengthening the financial and human resources of regional and local self-government and organization of the institutions for rural policy and rural development as well as their active involvement in the design and implementation of rural development.
Projects being implemented
Biodiversity preservation in rural and maritime areas of EU islands
“Biodiversity preservation in rural and maritime areas of EU islands” (BioIslands) project is focused on three of the main sectors related to biodiversity preservation. Increased land-use intensity in agriculture has caused an alarming decline in farmland biodiversity during the last century. Likewise, there is great concern over the degradation of pastoral landscapes by invasive species and soil erosion, the undermining of common property systems, and unsustainable land-use changes, such as mining, inappropriate afforestation and unsustainable agricultural practices. Currently, nearly half of the Earth’s terrestrial surface is transformed by agriculture and pastoralism, and thus, the contribution of agricultural and pastoralism areas to biodiversity is critical for successful long-term conservation.
Cities Go Climate Neutral
Environment and fight against climate change
The project aims to enhance and upskill the competences of municipal employees in order to enable them to design climate neutral cities strategies, such as Climate City Contracts. Furthermore strengthen the innovation and design capacity of Municipality employees regarding urban sustainable development by training them specific in strategy design and entrepreneurship.
Social Economy Laboratories for the New Bauhaus in European Rural Communities
The eLabHauSE.rur project is an initiative that will serve as a mechanism for improving competitiveness and encouraging social entrepreneurship in rural areas through the creation of "think tanks" and encouraging cooperation and synergy between different disciplines and stakeholders. They will serve as a source of knowledge, innovation and creativity to integrate opportunities through the new EU Bauhaus for Social Entrepreneurship in Rural Areas. e-LabHauSE.rur wants to co-design laboratories based on the new European Bauhaus (LabHauSE) in rural areas conceived as links that promote participation, reflection and action to foster collective intelligence and social innovation and facilitate ecological, digital and socio-demographic transformation European rural communities.
GREEN TO BLUE
IMPROVEMENT OF SUSTAINABILITY COMPETENCES IN THE FIELD OF FISHERY & AQUACULTURE
The main goal of the Green to Blue Project is to provide sector workers and sector stakeholders with an efficient and functional training program, in order to improve the environmental management system and develop technical skills strongly focused on the sustainability of marine-related activities.
B.Ready – Strong Associations for a Resilient Community
Strengthen the capacities of CSOs in Zadar County to achieve a higher level of self-sustainability and resilience in crises, strengthen the cooperation of the civil and public sector in building greater community resilience to crisis situations and improv
The implementation of the project will strengthen the capacities of civil society organizations in Zadar County to achieve a higher level of self-sustainability and resilience in crises.
Civil Society Organizations as a response to the crisis
CSOs as a response to the crisis - Strengthening the capacity of CSOs to respond to the needs of the local community
Preparation and implementation of projects and initiatives aimed at increasing the population's awareness of the need for social inclusion of disadvantaged groups in community life. Encouraging and educating young people for civic activism, further strengthening of volunteering, especially for the elderly and other disadvantaged groups when the conditions exist. Strengthening and improvement of CSOs from the area of Ravni Kotari to implement activities and build their own capacities for dealing with crisis situations.
AGRI Smart Erasmus+
The idea of this project is to develop digital skills and provide knowledge and awareness regarding precision technologies that can be used in the field of agriculture to make it more sustainable and of better quality. The digital skills of agricultural entrepreneurs are considered necessary to adopt methodologies in line with today's challenges. Also, in order to more easily meet the needs of the growing world population, while at the same time reducing damage to the environment.
Guide Me Green
Guide Me Green - ERASMUS+
Overall objectiove of Guide Me Green project is to make the concept and necessity of sustainable tourism more accessible to diverse, disadvantaged or low-income groups and debunk myths about who it is for.
AktiBiz – social entrepreneurship association for a stable community
By implementing the AktiBiz project, the association "Eko-Zadar" will create a social-entrepreneurial example of good practice applicable to other associations and will strengthen citizens' awareness of social entrepreneurship, with the goal of expanding the model of social entrepreneurship in Zadar County.
Outdoor Sport In Nature (SPIN) is a project from the Erasmus + Small Collaborative Partnership program to promote education and spread sports for the benefit of health with a special emphasis on the development of skills related to performing physical activities in a natural outdoor environment.
Monetarizing the social value of agri-food cooperatives in rural Europe
AgriCoopValue is a training project that aims to create a favorable framework for the application of an unified social accounting system for agri-food cooperatives at the European level, in order to monetize their social value and determine their multiplying capacity within rural environments of the European Union.
Being a Female Entrepreneur: Reimagine your Professional-self through Culture
“BEING A FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR: Reimagine your Professional-self through Culture” is a project that will provide disadvantaged women with attractive and quality learning opportunities through digital tools, support in acquiring skills and entrepreneurial competencies, and ensure and maintain their market participation with special emphasis on creative and cultural industry. Under disadvantaged women we presupposes women living in rural areas, economically disadvantaged, long-term unemployed, etc.
Building smart governance to manage flooding risk of river communities
The main aim of the project is to mainstream risk reduction policies on river basins of Adriatic-Ionian areas, improving the adaptation capabilities of PPs, stakeholders and relevant actors, providing a common framework to face with environmental, economic and social vulnerability to climate change.