Regional development

In our view, sustainable regional development is characterised by economically, socially and ecologically balanced development that integrates the most diverse needs and demands of people and the environment in rural areas.

Our work focuses on the development and implementation of strategies to promote sustainable regional development and regional value chains. We are active in the central fields of tourism and economic development, demographic change and services of general interest or the marketing of regional products. The focus of our work is on the transfer of scientific findings into consulting practice so that our clients can benefit promptly from the latest research results.

We support the sustainable development of regions in particular through the development of regional development strategies, concepts and innovative projects within the framework of regional participation processes, the evaluation of corresponding approaches and innovative pilot projects. We advise regional management on organisational development, control and success monitoring, or execute regional management ourselves.

Contact person at IfLS: Dr. Ulrich Gehrlein (gehrlein[at]ifls.de, +49 (0) 69/9726683-17)

Projects in the field

Consulting

EMBRACE Tsalka

The project “EMBRACE Tsalka” aims to reduce rural poverty and improve living conditions in Tsalka municipality, Georgia, through the LEADER approach. It addresses economic, social, and environmental concerns by improving agricultural...

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Interim Evaluation of the LEADER Process of the LEADER Region Rheinhessen

At the half-way point of the funding period 2014 - 2020, the IfLS will conduct a workshop for the interim evaluation of the implementation of the Local Integrated Development Strategy (LILE) of the LEADER region Rheinhessen.
The aim of the interim...

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Interim evaluation of the LEADER process in the LEADER Erbeskopf region

At the half-way point of the funding period 2014-2020, the IfLS is carrying out an interim evaluation of the LEADER process of the Rhineland-Palatinate LEADER Action Group (LAG) Erbeskopf. For this purpose, an evaluation of the region-related results...

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Interim evaluation of the LEADER process of the LEADER region Ortenau

At the mid-term of the funding period 2014 - 2020, the IfLS carried out an interim evaluation of the LEADER process in the LEADER region of Ortenau. For this purpose, an evaluation of the region-related results of the nationwide survey of all LAG...

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Concept

Integrated rural development concept with spatial and thematic focus (SILEK) in the municipality of Romrod

An integrated rural development concept with a spatial and thematic focus - SILEK for short - can be used in the preparation to land consolidation and is supported by Hesse. As a result, the SILEK is to represent a coordinated framework for action...

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Preparation of rural development concepts (LEADER)

For the programming period (2014-2020) IfLS was entrusted with the preparation of rural development concepts for six regions in Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate. In addition to conceptual and professional support our institute also undertook and...

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Rural development in the municipality Wartenberg

The municipality Wartenberg currently recieves funding from the state of Hesse in order to develop an integrated rural development concept with spatial and thematic focus (SILEK). Together with our partners at PNL we have been assigned to develop a...

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Regional Development Concepts (REK) for participation in LEADER-related competitions for the regions of Giessen, Hersfeld-Rothenburg, Odenwald, Oberhessen, Siegen-Wittgenstein, Pfälzer Bergland

The IfLS accompanied six regions in the preparations for a participation in LEADER competitions in the Federal States of Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate.

Hesse:
In Hesse the IfLS accompanied four regions – namely Giessener...

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Information and knowledge dissemination

EMBRACE Tsalka

The project “EMBRACE Tsalka” aims to reduce rural poverty and improve living conditions in Tsalka municipality, Georgia, through the LEADER approach. It addresses economic, social, and environmental concerns by improving agricultural...

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Preparation of a handbook containing information about funding programmes of the European Union and the German Federal Republic

The funding handbook of the German Networking Agency (DVS) should be revised for the new EU funding period 2014 – 2020. A wide range of actors from the federal and state governments, funding banks such as the KfW-Bank and the Landwirtschaftliche...

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Local manual for supporting a sustainable development

he current German state programs of the European Cohesion Politics 2014 – 2020 offer a wide range of support opportunities for protection and improvement of nature and environment. These instruments are directed at actors at the local level. However,...

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Evaluation

Ex-post evaluation of the LEADER+ programme 2000-2006 in the Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate

In 2002 the European Commission authorised the 2000-2006 period of the LEADER+ programme supported by the Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate. Seven Local Action Groups (LAGs) were given access to support within the framework of a statewide...

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Regional Action: Rural areas shaping the future

The ‘Regionen Aktiv’ programme is a policy initiative of the Federal Ministry of Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture (BMVEL) that addresses the key principles of contemporary RD policy. The role of the IfLS is to carry out accompanying research...

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Research

Analysis of the demand potential for regional meat and sausage products

This research is a follow-up study and linked to the study “Regional processing and marketing of meat in the districts Gießen and Marburg-Biedenkopf” which was also created by the IfLS. The estimation of the demand potential for regional meat and...

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Regional Processing and Marketing of Meat in the Districts Gießen and Marburg-Biedenkopf

the study aimed at analysing the status quo of and the perspectives for regional meat processing and marketing activities in the two districts and Central Hesse as well as at identifying questions and topics for future projects. Central elements of...

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Synergy or profile loss? Potentials and problems of a joint regional marketing of organic and conventional products (SynPro)

The project’s objective is to analyse the advantages and disadvantages for organic producing enterprises and the organic trade in participating in regional marketing initiatives including organic as well as conventional products. To this end,...

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TopRegioKMU – Role and benefit of medium-sized enterprises in sustainable regional value added chains

The TopRegioKMU R&D measure’s objective is to analyse the ‘role and benefit of medium-sized enterprises in sustainable regional value added chains’. SMEs’ role in the establishment of regional value added (VA) chains, their motivation for adopting...

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Coordination

Integrated Rural Development Concept (ILE): Regional management in the Lahn-Taunus region

The Rhineland-Palatinate Federal State’s Integrated Rural Development (Integrierte Ländliche Entwicklung – ILE) support programme aims at combining individual fields of action – such as agriculture, viticulture, village development, demographic...

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Pilot project

Action programme for securing regional services for the public

The ‘Regional Services for the Public Action Programme’ has been launched by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS) as a part of the ‘Rural Infrastructure Initiative’. Within the framework of this spatial planning...

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Programme to secure regional public services

As part of the "Rural Infrastructure Initiative", the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs has launched the "Regional Services of General Interest Action Programme". 21 rural regions will receive financial and technical support...

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FrankFOOD – regional products for quality food procurement in all-day schools

Until the year 2007, 10.000 new all-day schools will be established in the course of the reorganisation of the German education landscape. In order to allow for pupils and teachers to experience a successful day at school healthy snacks and lunch are...

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Events and participation processes

Interim Evaluation of the LEADER Process of the LEADER Region Rheinhessen

At the half-way point of the funding period 2014 - 2020, the IfLS will conduct a workshop for the interim evaluation of the implementation of the Local Integrated Development Strategy (LILE) of the LEADER region Rheinhessen.
The aim of the interim...

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Integrated rural development concept with spatial and thematic focus (SILEK) in the municipality of Romrod

An integrated rural development concept with a spatial and thematic focus - SILEK for short - can be used in the preparation to land consolidation and is supported by Hesse. As a result, the SILEK is to represent a coordinated framework for action...

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Interim evaluation of the LEADER process in the LEADER Erbeskopf region

At the half-way point of the funding period 2014-2020, the IfLS is carrying out an interim evaluation of the LEADER process of the Rhineland-Palatinate LEADER Action Group (LAG) Erbeskopf. For this purpose, an evaluation of the region-related results...

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Interim evaluation of the LEADER process of the LEADER region Ortenau

At the mid-term of the funding period 2014 - 2020, the IfLS carried out an interim evaluation of the LEADER process in the LEADER region of Ortenau. For this purpose, an evaluation of the region-related results of the nationwide survey of all LAG...

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