International Conference for the Black Sea Region: "CSOs participation in the implementation of rural development policies"

12.9.2017 - KIEV
International Conference for the Black Sea Region:
"CSOs participation in the implementation of rural development policies”
12 September, 2017, Hotel Ukraine, Kyiv
The Conference gathered CSO groups’ representatives from the Black Sea Region and representatives of public
institutions. The event provoked a practical exchange of ideas – related to the policies and actions which can
create a viable basis for long-term social and economic well-being of rural and small-farming communities across the
The participants represented CSOs and public institutions from the Black Sea countries and experts from Central
European countries, the Baltic states and the Balkans. The meeting aslo enabled the exchange of experiences resulting
from the best practices enforced in the partner countries as well as helped develop forward-looking practical steps,
policies and actions in the field of sustainable rural development and small farming.
Languages: Russian, English, interpretation provided


9:30 Greetings
Adela Rusu, Executive Director, The Romanian NGDO Platform – FOND
10:00 – 11:30 National Frameworks for Participation in Rural Development: Country case studies
Rural Development in Ukraine,
Olena Kovalyova, Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Food Security in Ukraine
Development of LEADER approach in Latvia,
Valdis Kudins, Alliance for Cross-sectoral Sustainable Development, Latvia

Effectiveness of NGOs,
Anahit Ghazanchyan, President at Development Principles NGO, Armenia

National Movements for Rural Sustainable development,
Estonia, Anneli Kana, Member of Board, Kodukant, the Estonian Village Movement

The role of Policy makers in effective CSOs participation,
Roman Korinets, expert on Rural Development, Ministry of Agriculture - Office of Reforms, Ukraine

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee-break
12:00 – 13:30 Sustainable rural development practices around the Black Sea region
Establishment of Local Action groups- Promotion of LEADER approach from grassroots level,
Pro Cooperare Regionala,
Sergiu Mihailov, Director, Moldova

Participatory approach for rural development,
Vyara Stefanova, chairwoman of Society for Territorial and Environmental Prosperity - STEP, Bulgaria

Grassroots involvement in Rural development policy in Romania,
Atilla Szocs, Eco-Ruralis, Romania

LEADER implementation in Belarus- tools and approaches,
Sergey Tarasyuk, Director, International fund for rural development, Belarus

Ukrainian Rural Development Network as a promoter of social and economic well-being of rural communities,
Olena Borodina, Head of Coordination Committee of Ukrainian Rural Development Network
Local initiatives in the Western Ukraine,
Rostyslav Kos, Director, Karpatske Kolo, Dolyna, Ivano-Frankivsk oblast, Ukraine

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 17:00 Black Sea region cooperation for the rural development, group discussions & reporting
How to develop cooperation on national and international level in rural development
Transparent public dialogue
Commercial and non-commercial civil society organisations in promoting rural development - roles and differences in
17:00 – 17:30 Closing remarks: Perspectives for International and cross sectoral cooperation ahead
Aris Adlers, Black Sea region coordinator, PREPARE Network - Partnership for Rural Europe/Latvian Rural Forum
"This regional thematic meeting is part of the follow-up activities of the 9th edition of the Black Sea NGO Forum organised by the Romanian NGDO Platform – FOND, with the financial support of the European Commission, the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in partnership with UNDP Regional Center for Europe and Central Asia, and CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness – CPDE"

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