Regional Development

Support for regional crofters

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EuroNatur gave the Sakowicz family support in setting up their cheese dairy in Rogowo on the Narew. © D. Metera

If the views and needs of the local people are not taken seriously, no long-term protection of natural resources can succeed. This insight formed part of EuroNatur's working philosophy right from the start. As a result the goal of EuroNatur projects is not only to protect nature but also to achieve a sustainable economic development of the rural area involved.


Model projects benefitting nature and local people
Working with our partner organisations and the local people we fill the abstract concept of “sustainable regional development” with life and design model projects which not only protect nature but also provide jobs and better quality of life for the local people. Decentralised, small-scale cheese dairies and butcheries and also plant-based sewage systems tailored to local needs require lower investment costs. They ensure better returns for the farmers, short transport distances, high value food products and the preservation of natural and traditional landscapes.


Pointing out what is going wrong and developing alternatives
Unfortunately this small-scale step-by-step approach has no major lobby. Money goes elsewhere into huge investments such as central sewage farms and wide-spread canalisation or factory-sized buildings for hundreds and thousands of farm animals. A farmer has a much harder time getting even a few thousand Euros in subsidies to set up a farm cheese dairy or switch to organic farming.

EuroNatur draws attention to such misallocation of means and highlights better alternatives e.g. the projects in the Narew region in North East Poland, in the Sava water meadows or the support for small artisan butcheries. It is with the example of these model projects that EuroNatur demonstrates how nature can be protected and local people can benefit directly from nature conservation.

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