The Rural Digitalisation Forum set-up by DESIRA held the first meeting online on 10 September 2020.

The event gathered around 60 attendees from different backgrounds (research, public authorities, SMEs, stakeholders’ organisations, members of National Rural Networks…) from 22 EU Member States (including one from Georgia).

Participants from different backgrounds contributed with their views, experiences and perspectives to move forward in the development of some of the DESIRA outcomes, such as the Pan European Assessment on Digitalisation, the Conceptual and Analytical Framework, the Socio-Economic Sustainability Indicators, and the Taxonomy of digital technologies

In addition, three Horizon 2020 projects related to digitalisation in rural areas were presented: SHERPA (Sustainable Hub to Engage into Rural Policies with Actors), SmartAgriHubs, and RURITAGE (Heritage for Rural Regeneration). DESIRA is seeking to create synergies with these projects to optimise the work developed in the field of digitalisation of agriculture, forestry and rural areas.

All the presentations and briefings summarising the results of DESIRA are available at the event page.

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