Leader Cooperation Awards


Cooperation projects help all parts of rural Europe to grow together.

Leader cooperation is supported by Rural Development Programmes using the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

Cooperation between rural areas is an important tool for the development of these areas. Leader cooperation encourages and supports local action groups to undertake joint actions with other Local Action Groups, or with a Local Action Group taking a similar approach. Read more about Leader transnational cooperation HERE


The Nordic-Baltic Regions Rural Network Support Units - Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden
initiated the Nordic-Baltic Leader Cooperation Award.


The LEADER Transnational Cooperation Awards collected 60 applications from participating countries.The finalists of the five categories were chosen out of 60 nominees in Roskilde, Denmark on the 6th June 2013. The evaluation committee included the representatives of Estonia, Lithuanian, Latvia, Swedish, Finnish and Danish rural networks. The final selection of the winners of Nordic-Baltic Leader transnational cooperation projects was in Helsinki on 27th August on 2013.

The Awards Gala Event was held in Tallinn on 26th September 2013 and the five awards for Leader transnational cooperation projects was presented.

The finalists of the five categories:

The finalists of Youth category:

The finalists of Tourism category:

The finalists of Culture category:

The finalists of Local Area Development category:

The finalists of Local Resources and Environment category:

More detailed information about applicants and finalists are available in database.

The aim of the competition is to:

General information is available HERE

Criteria for participating Leader transnational cooperation project in the competition - the Leader transnational cooperation project must involve at least one Nordic-Baltic Local Action Group as a partner and the projects have not to be totally completed. The Leader transnational cooperation project must be included in the list of Leader transnational cooperation projects that have been notified to the European Commission. This list can be viewed on the ENRD Leader Gateway website .

Award categories are youth, tourism, culture, local area development, and local resources and environment.

However if you have any further questions please contact organisers via e-mai: LeaderTNC @ maainfo.ee
the Estonian Rural Network Unit or the contact person in the Rural Network Support Unit for your country.
Contacts of all Nordic-Baltic Rural Networks are available HERE



Date of nomination: (48) 2013-05-20
Nomination country: Finland
Title: Forest Trail
Nominees: Finalist
Category: Local Recourses and Environment
Countries: Finland, Luxembourg, Sweden, France
Leading partner: Finland - LAG Aktiivinen Pohjois-Satakunta
Documents: http://maainfo.ee/public/files/48%20APPLICATION%20Forest%20Trail.docx
Photos link: http://maainfo.ee/index.php?b=373&page=3538&action=pic_list&
Summary: The “Forest Trails” projects aim is to diffuse a completely new concept of forest therapy tracks and the multisided use of forest in Europe. In Ikaalinen, Finland was developed a special concept of forest tracks which has been studied in its psychological and physiological effects in university level. The track contains several exercises which must be done with certain intervals (timing) in the forest. Within the transnational collaboration the scope is to diffuse this unique track idea and increase also the possibility to healthier live for persons also in different countries as well in Finland. The multiple use of forest property and areas can promote also the rural tourism as well the sustainable use of forests and other economical aspects.
Within the project were established the first private wellbeing enterprise paths as well the first “Wellbeing tracks” in Sweden, Luxembourg and France.

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