Nogueras, J. (2012): The Diversity of Non-metropolitan Areas in Europe: a Challenge for the Rural Animator, International Conference Animation for Rural Development. A New Profession, Conference proceedings of the Conference held at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Chania (Creta), Greece.

Rural areas make up more than 75% of the territory of the European Union, and they include very different “realities”, from peri-urban, under-pressure rural districts to mountainous, lagging behind and remote rural areas. The rural animator needs to be aware of this diversity that can challenge his/her work and the overall rural development process. This talk will present a new typology of non-urban regions in Europe, incorporating an analysis of the main development indicators per type of non-urban area. The main challenges for the rural animator in relation to the extreme diversity of non-urban territories in Europe will be presented.

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