Youth network

Young rural people and rural youth organisations develop and enlarge the youth network within ERP by organising events and animation leading to the second European Rural Youth Parliament. A youth´s declaration based on collected information will be presented in the main ERP-Gathering in Asturias. Feel free to join the network and partnership to give a voice for rural youth.

The EUROPARC Youth Manifesto is a source of ideas and inspiration for decision-makers in protected areas and rural communities to ensure the involvement and empowerment of young people. The Manifesto is written by 43 young Europeans from nine different European countries.

The manifesto declares an important message - youth participants tell what they can and ask for involvement because they do not need someone else to build the future for them, they can be the builders themselves. 

Youth are now on the streets from schools to fight climate change and save next generations. What can we do in rural areas?

Winter greetings from ERP youth!

Since last ERP in the Netherlands the plan to involve more and more youth members into ERP movement activities had been actively worked out. 

To do even more and better further on, that is to include youth wisely in rural development processes of Europe, we need to gather some important information from ERP partners. Prepared questionnaire is important step to reach out the persons and organisations for direct discussions about following themes:

  • IMPORTANT ISSUES for youth inclusion European, nation and local level;
  • Possibilities for youth participants to GET INVOLVED in ERYP and ERP events;
  • Collaboration for NEW IDEAS;
  • CAMPAIGNS and publicity;
  • and other questions in which YOUR opinion will be crucial!

Give us a little Winter holiday gift as we need your help! Building ERP youth network is possible just with your all support. :)

Please fill questionnaire TILL JANUARY 19th, 2019!  

It will take only couple of minutes of your time and it is meant for everyone in ERP network.

Here is link to questionary   

ERP youth network building


Don't hesitate to call or write if you have any questions! 

Best wishes,

Zane Seredina

Latvian Rural Forum

ERP youth pillar coordinator

Ph. +371 288 55 427 

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How to best make use of the opportunities on internet in order to participate in civic engagement

As the technologies have developed, a lot of processes can be arranged without a physical presence. In most of the countries, online public services or digital signature is no more a future but present. This sure makes rural areas more connected. However, a debate about the safety on the internet and lack of digital skills is still on.

Last month, MIJARC Europe explored the most recent trends in civic engagement, teaching young people how to make use of the internet and online tools in order to participate.

This year’s theme for MIJARC (International Movement of Catholic Agricultural and Rural Youth) has been “Support citizenship and youth participation in rural development” including 3 sub-themes:

24th September Latvian Rural forum hosted a webinar on this topic, where Sara from the projects' team shared her experience with the work done around the topics mentioned above. Find the recording from the Webinar here.

This was the topic for the 7th Webinar in the ERP Youth theme organised by Latvian Rural Forum with the support of ERASMUS+ Programme and Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union.

1909 Youth

Is not easy to be a young farmer, especially when you start from the bottom – without machinery and without your own land. You need courage, time, prudence and a dose of chance. You need advanced machinery to enhance agricultural production so you could become economically sustainable. As a young farmer, you have the possibility to access European funds which might help you a lot in your professional development.

Daniel’s story in agriculture begins before he finished the BA, when he started to lease several areas of land and continues as one of the youngest managers of cooperative from Romania. Read more.

Gent is currently a master student of Electronic Engineering and Digital Communication. He works as a teaching assistant and as a researcher at EPOKA University in Tirana, Albania.
In a retrospective, the farthest relevant memory Gent brings, is his set-position in the yard, directing forehead towards his old house in the valley of Nikaj-Mertur. It is a tower made of stones, a symbol where he seeks for his past and future. For a little creative boy, it is a fascinating view, carrying on the responsibilities to exhibit the Alps' virtues in his own portrait. "You know you are home when you find the ones who stay" - and Gent found that view standing still, in every return there, because, after all is his origin.

In cooperation with other partners, within and outside the ERP Network, Latvian Rural Forum is working on the ERP Theme “Youth”.

The latest achievement being the 6th Webinar – with a presentation of the Sunseed Desert Technology - a non-formal education project which aims transition towards sustainability.

Sunseed is an international group of sustainability enthusiast and is based in an ancient little Andalusian village with a long historical background. The electricity is provided by solar panels, nearby water source is providing water for daily use and natural water treatments are used for sewage. With around 50 inhabitants it is a place of different creative projects.

Find the 6th Webinar here

Learn more about Sunseed here: Their web and their FB