Project Details

Title: Geomatics Rural Information Society Initiative PLUS
Priority: 1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Theme: the Information Society

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Jan 2012 - 31st Dec 2014


Total budget: €1,629,550.56
ERDF contribution: €1,328,737.62

Lead partner

Gers Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Gers CCI)
Place Jean David - BP 10181
32004, AUCH

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    • Contact Person: Kyriaki Panagiotaki
      Phone: 0033 5 62 61 62 97
      Fax: 0033 5 62 61 62 63

Project summary

Nowadays, rural areas face various stakes: aging and declining population, poor local economy, isolation, lack of use of the ICT, lack of infrastructures, inertia regarding innovation... To address these issues, GRISI PLUS wants to introduce a new modernity in EU rural areas, mainly based on the results achieved in the development and implementation of geomatics tools within the GRISI project (Interreg 3C) and welcoming practices under the SOHO SOLO project (Interreg 3B).

GRISI PLUS aims at improving the effectiveness and enriching economic development policies in rural areas by increasing the use of geographical information and geomatics tools (Information Society approaches and practices) to give decision-support tools to public key players and policymakers. To achieve this goal, partners will exchange experience, identify and transfer good practices in 2 domains related to their common issues for the revitalization of rural territories:

- Development of the attractiveness of rural

territories to attract new inhabitants. The latter will be able to telework (work at distance) thanks to the New ICT. These new inhabitants bring new skills and wealth, are concerned by the environmental protection and they contribute in maintaining proximity services. They thus contribute in reinforcing territorial cohesion, developing employment and increasing competitiveness in EU

- Promotion of local tangible and intangible products

GRISI PLUS gathers 14 partners from 11MS of the North, South, East and West areas, thus covering widely the EU territory. The partnership includes Regions, Provinces, Associations of municipalities and territorial development agencies to consider different territorial levels and their competences. A balance between more and less experienced partners is kept to ensure a win-win cooperation for all rural territories. All partners participated actively in the preparation and the majority will play a crucial role in the project execution.

The mail activity

is the identification and transfer of good practices to improve 13 economic development policies of rural areas. Its success relies on 2 essential elements: effective project coordination and a communication strategy to disseminate the results to policymakers, citizens, and to 42 other relevant institutions, thus raising awareness to key players on the themes tackled. The main outputs and results are:

- 13 implementation plans (1 per partner region) and publication of 1 good practices guide

- Improvement of 13 economic development policies in rural areas

- Successful transfer of at least 5 good practices

- Identification and analysis of 10 good practices in each partner region

- 42 other relevant institutions aware of the project results

- Durability of the results by being present in existing online media in each partner region

- 5 study visits, 1 seminar and 1 training session to exchange experience

- Organization of a launching and a final conference with over 450 participants

Project achievements

GRISI PLUS is a project for the development of EU rural areas thanks to Information Society tools (geomatics).

The kick-off meeting took place in Auch (France) in Feb. 2012. During the 1st study visit, the LP described 2 successful stories about the use of geomatics in Gers. SOHO SOLO aims to welcome freelances in Gers, who decide to move to the countryside with their families. GEOWINE certifies the geographic origin of wine. The launching conference was held in Toulouse (France), where interesting topics were tackled: the use of geomatics for rural development, perspectives for rural areas up to 2020…

The 2nd study visit was organized in Latvia, where 2GPs were observed:

- Koceni Spatial Planning Information System, for exploitation of local data thanks to GIS

- Optimization Options of the Public Transport Networks, which offers a simulation tool for transport planners.

A geomatic seminar was held in Riga in July 2012. Interesting topics about geographic information were tackled:



GIS technologies, applications for rural areas...

A workshop was organized in July 2012 to present partners’ GP. This was a good opportunity to have a general overview of partners’ GPs.

All partners produced 4 regional inventories (projects, websites, policies and geomatic portrait). This data was used for the elaboration of the implementation plans.

The 3rd study visit was organized in Jan. 2013 in Cyprus, where 2 GPs about territorial attractiveness were shown:

- HELAND for the management and exploitation of cultural heritage and landscape

- WALKING TRAILS for the use of environmental and cultural resources.

The 4th study visit took place in July 2013 in Czech Republic, where 1 GP about territorial attractiveness and tourism was shown, called “Hop And Beer Temple”.

The 5th study visit took place in March 2014 in Ireland, where 2 GPs were observed: “Made in Galway” for the promotion of local products and “Look West”, promoting the benefits of living,

working and doing business.

During the 6th study trip in Slovenia in Oct. 2014, "Mura Drava Bike" was presented for the development of rural areas thanks to cycling tourism.

After each study visit, each partner (except for the donor) carried out a feasibility study about the transfer of the GP observed.

All partners carried our lobbying actions to influence public policies. They made recommendations to public authorities so that they are included in the future operational programs. All partners succeeded in influencing policies or instruments, even though most of them were not officially validated/ approved when the project ended.

They also undertook actions with key stakeholders about the future transfer of selected GPs in their areas. All partners transferred at least 1 GP in their area (6 GPs transferred in total). Some partners carried out pilot actions too.

All partners elaborated 1 (or 2) implementation plan(s) to describe the transfer of GPs in their area.

The GP guide was


finalized in English and it was translated in partners’ languages.

The project website was set up and updated regularly in English, French and Greek. 2 accounts were created and updated in the most popular social networks: Facebook and LinkedIn.

The project leaflet was edited and translated in partners’ languages.

44 local dissemination events were organized by partners in their areas, where the project activities were presented. Partners participated in 46 national events in the field of rural development and promoted the project.

10 (3-monthly) newsletters were edited in English, translated by partners in their national languages and diffused to local stakeholders by e-mail.

Promotional material (mousepads, USB keys…) was also produced by some partners and used during dissemination events.

The final conference “Using geomatics for a more attractive countryside” was organized on 09/10/14 in Slovenia, where the main achievements and success stories of the project were presented.


Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Gers Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Gers CCI), AUCH FRANCE Midi-Pyrénées 0033 5 62 61 62 97
Northern and Western Regional Assembly "formerly: Border, Midland and Western Regional Assembly". This change takes effect from 1/01/15., Ballaghaderreen - Co. Roscommon IRELAND Border, Midland and Western 00353 94 9862970 /
Galway County Council, Galway IRELAND Border, Midland and Western 00353 91 476506
Vidzeme Planning Region, Cesis LATVIA Latvija 00371 64127844
Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments, Riga LATVIA Latvija 37167508532,
LARNACA DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT AGENCY, Voroclini CYPRUS Kypros / Kibris +357 24815280
Local Councils' Association, Balzan MALTA Malta 35621446428
Regional Development Agency of Usti Region, PLC, Ústí nad Labem CZECH REPUBLIC Severozapad +420 476 206 538
Sinergija development agency Ltd., Moravske Toplice SLOVENIA Vzhodna Slovenija 00386 2 538 13 50
National association of municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria, Sofia BULGARIA Yugozapaden + 359 2 94 34 467
Tartu Science Park, Tartu ESTONIA Eesti +372 7428 725
Territorial Initiative for Employment & Entrepr.of Sintiki-Iraclia (TIEE-SI), Livadia Sintikis GREECE Kentriki Makedonia +30.2310.228833
Region of Crete, Heraklion GREECE Kriti 0030 2831040051-0030 2831340797
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