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Region enlarged, new strategy adopted - The LEADER Region Southern Palatinate repositions itself

The Southern Palatinate region adopted its new LILE (local integrated rural development strategy) on 8 March 2022, with which it is applying for recognition as a LEADER region in the 2023-2029 funding phase.

With the new LILE, the region is repositioning itself. A central change compared to the last LILE is the expansion of the area. With the inclusion of the municipality of Offenbach an der Queich, the Local Action Group now better covers the regional interdependencies. In this way, cooperation between the municipalities in the region is further deepened.

The LILE was created as part of a participatory process that ended with a kick-off event and a closing event following the adoption of the strategy. In between, eight thematic expert group meetings and one meeting per municipality or town took place in order to give relevant stakeholder groups and citizens the opportunity to have their ideas and perceptions incorporated into the LILE. As in the past, the region continues to focus on tourism and local recreation, village and urban development, sustainable agriculture and forestry as well as the preservation of nature and the cultural landscape, the regional economy and climate protection. New thematic focal points are short supply chains as well as climate adaptation and raw material recovery.

The IfLS prepared the LILE on behalf of the region.

Contact at IfLS: Dr. Ulrich Gehrlein: gerhlein[at], Christoph Mathias: mathias[at]