Int. J. of Sustainable Society   »   2010 Vol.2, No.2

 

 

Title: Planning and neo-endogenous model for sustainable development in Spanish rural areas

 

Author: Alfredo Tolon-Becerra, Xavier Lastra-Bravo, Emilio Galdeano-Gomez

 

Addresses:
Department of Rural Engineering, University of Almeria, Ctra. Sacramento s/n., La Canada de San Urbano, Almeria 04120, Spain.
Department of Rural Engineering, University of Almeria, Ctra. Sacramento s/n., La Canada de San Urbano, Almeria 04120, Spain.
Department of Applied Economics, University of Almeria, Ctra. Sacramento s/n., La Canada de San Urbano, Almeria 04120, Spain

 

Abstract: Changes in rural areas in recent decades have resulted in a new approach to local rural development called 'neo-endogenous'. This paper describes the main characteristics of this new development model, which is based on three pillars, harnessing endogenous potential, developing social capital (endogenous units, local/global actors and neo-endogenous units) and promoting local participative democracy. Then the balance of top–down – bottom–up approaches and their relationship to improve strategic planning for rural areas are analysed. Finally, co-construction of a local sustainable development plan by means of a knowledge-model based on the experience of the University of Almeria Rural Engineering Research Group is proposed.

 

Keywords: neo-endogenous modelling; Spain; sustainable rural development; local economic development; governance; social capital; sustainability indicators; conceptual models; knowledge engineering; GIS; geographical information systems; rural areas; social inclusion policies; neo-endogenous approach; rural renewal; sustainable development.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJSSOC.2010.033628

 

Int. J. of Sustainable Society, 2010 Vol.2, No.2, pp.156 - 176

 

Available online: 08 Jun 2010

 

 

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