As part of the ROAD project ERP sent out a call for “Inspiring stories of rural communities taking action on climate change and sustainability”

The winner of this Environmental challenge was “Los Portales Community”, Spain

Founded in Andalucía in 1984 Los Portales is an intentional community that practices innovative ways of life in different areas including organic agriculture, deep psychology, empowering governance systems, natural medicines, art, clean energies, an economy based on sharing. For the last 30 years we have been practising organic and biodynamic agriculture. We work to improve biodiversity, the quality of the soil and return all nutrients that we take out, using crop rotations and synergies, no dig beds, mulching, green manure, closed nutrient loops (making our own compost and biofertilisers; ash from our fires on the land).

As part of the ROAD project ERP sent out a call for Selijas Salas “Stories of your countryside”

The winner of this challenge was our partner in Latvia
with River Cleaning story by NGO “Boats of Selonia”

Collaborative river cleanup days in the countryside of Latvia –
a success story about daring, support from fellow men,
voluntary work and desire to break down stereotypes
A year ago I and my family moved from the capital city to the countryside, to my birthplace. The idea that had been in our minds for a long time finally became a decision. We have always been lovers of active recreation so decision to work in this direction seemed natural. We saw a great chance in the river that flows through my native town, and as one of our favorite pastimes is boating, developing boating culture was a logical step towards our aim.
Whenever time permitted, we spend it boating by Dienvidsusēja but soon we understood that the river had to be cleaned up from fallen trees in order to be ready to welcome other boating enthusiasts. Said and done. Following the current events of Aknīste Municipality we applied for the initiative project for citizens with our river cleanup idea.