EARTH seeks to improve and mobilize PC HEIs’ institutional capacities for rural development and management capitalizing on the involvement of EU HEIs in the last twenty years of EU Rural Policy, with particular reference to the Leader approach. 

Improving capacities is predicated upon several actions which PC HEIs can use as inspiration when charting their own developmental plans:

– enhancing national and international cooperation relationships, involving European HEIs as well as stakeholders in PC allowing the alinement of curricula to societal needs;

– sharing good practices;

– promoting scientific assistance to regional and national policy maker about systemic approach to natural, social and economic resource management in rural areas;

Mobilizing capacities will be facilitated if the core project teams in PC HEIs are backed up by a credible international (rather than national or local) team of EU researchers which includes stakeholders.[