What can communities do to spur the recovery from Covid-19?
How can local action complement governmental and EU actions?
Is engaging local actors the way forward to a more sustainable future?
Following positive feedback from participants in LDnet’s 2020 series of webinars, LDNet are launching a new series of four webinars in April 2021 on “The Contribution of Community-based Initiatives to the Covid Recovery”‘ with a focus on community-based initiatives for sustainable development.
All webinars will be streamed via Zoom.
Registration is now open. To register click HERE
The webinars will be streamed via Zoom and will follow the same format as last year: through short late afternoon/early evening sessions relying on short/sharp presentations and lively contributions from participants and discussion, to look at how the lessons from local responses and the longer-term changes in the social and economic landscape are reshaping the CLLD-type approaches to local development and post-Covid recovery.
comprises 4 webinars, to be held on consecutive Thursdays at 18:00 CEST.
1. New opportunities and challenges for local development in a post-Covid world
Thursday 8 April, 18:00 – 19:00 CEST Webinar leader: Urszula Budzich-Tabor
While it is too early to measure the full impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting restrictions, it seems clear that society and economies will be profoundly affected. Can local communities find sustainable solutions to loss of markets or incomes from tourism, increased precarity and sense of isolation of the most vulnerable groups, while capitalising on emerging opportunities such as increased demand for local food, remote working arrangements or urban-rural flight? Discussion around this question will be illustrated with short case studies from rural, urban and fisheries areas.
Confirmed speakers include Monica Veronesi Burch, team leader at FARNET (the European network of fisheries areas implementing CLLD) and Giuseppe Pace, researcher at the Institute for Studies on the Mediterranean in Naples, and the discussion will be facilitated by the LDnet president, Urszula Budzich-Tabor.
2. Communities in circles: new forms of development
Thursday 15 April, 18:00 – 19:00 CEST Webinar leader: Maria João Filgueiras Rauch
Interest in the circular economy was building up before the COVID-19 crisis and a variety of initiatives were taking place in urban, rural and fisheries areas. They are now called to play a much bigger role in local development in the post-COVID-19 recovery. This session will look at how local initiatives based on the circular economy are improving usage of resources by creating virtuous circuits in different fields.
Confirmed speakers include Daniella Patti from Cooperative City/URBACT discussing reuse of public space in Rome and Richard Freeman from AEIDL and FARNET who will talk about reuse of fishing nets in coastal areas. The example of the town of Águeda (PT) in mobilising the art and culture sectors in local actions aimed at reducing CO2 emissions and recycling will also be presented.
3. New exclusions: How communities are combating digital, food and health exclusions
Thursday 22 April, 18:00 – 19:00 CEST Webinar leader: Peter Ramsden
The economic and social problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic have hit particularly hard some of the most vulnerable groups in urban and rural areas. This has manifested itself in new forms of poverty and exclusion. The session will explore how communities are responding by addressing specific forms of exclusion. Other contributions will focus on digital inclusion and issues around health. These responses will be illustrated with short case studies from urban and rural areas.
Confirmed speakers include Rui Franco, who will look at the integrated approach for Boa Vista as part of BIP/ZIP Lisbon including its digital inclusion strategy, Rosalba La Grotteria (social market and other initiatives, Turin) and Enrique Nieto, from AEIDL who will present examples of smart villages of Lormes in France and in Germany.
4. Conclusions and lessons learnt
Thursday 29 April, 18:00 – 19:00 CEST Moderated by Peter Ramsden
Participants in the previous webinars will be invited to join this final session to discuss cross-cutting themes and draw lessons. Key questions are expected to include: how can community-based solutions be spread more effectively? How can communities work at transnational level to innovate without reinventing the wheel? What support is needed at local, national and EU level?