rural policy, rural development, countryside, place based policy, rural livelihoods, sustainable development, know-how
The Rural Policy Programme for the years 2021–2027 is the working programme for the National Rural Policy. It is implemented under the leadership of the Rural Policy Council and in broad cooperation with different stakeholders.
In the Rural Policy Programme diverse rural areas are distinguished as a national success factor. Rural areas offer a base, resources and solutions for good life, innovation, entrepreneurship and a sustainable society. The programme highlights that rural areas offer solutions to the sustainability crisis. The goal for rural policy is for Finland to be developed as a whole by strengthening place based possibilities.
The strategic focal points of the programme are interdependence, environmental justice and a new knowledge-based economy, which cut across the different themes in the programme.
The five themes in the Rural Policy Programme are:
- Increased added value through sustainable use of natural resources
- Rural actors – a part of the solution that is sustainable transition
- Strengthening competitiveness and vitality
- Ensuring a smooth everyday life
- Strengthening inclusion and a sense of community in rural areas
The programme consists of 73 measures associated to the themes above.
The implementation of the programme and its measures is evaluated every two years.