Noguera, J. (2011): 20 years of bottom-up, participative governance in rural areas: lessons learned and prospects for the EU rural policy. 10th Thematic Guide of the Euroacademy Association ‘Local governance and sustainable rural development’, 16-27. (Grecia): Euroacadfemy Association.

Today, at least in developed societies, the rural world responds mostly to the needs and requirements of the urban environment. The traditional demand for raw materials and food have been supplemented with other functions related to the recent relocation of equipment, economic activity and residence in the case of accessible rural areas, and tourism and leisure, food production and quality products, power generation or storage of waste, in the case of remote or lagging rural areas (Esparcia and Noguera, 2001).

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