Villages project (2010-2014)

The general objective of the ENPI VILLAGES project:

Improve the living conditions of the local communities in less-favored rural areas in the Mediterranean in providing to the village communities instruments that allow creating their own governance system and developing their capacities to implement as a catalyst of the local development, through the creation of the multi-sectoral partnership. This allows slowing down, stopping or inverting the trend of rural exodus and consequently supporting the process of decentralization.


Specific objectives to achieve the general objective of the project:

1) To promote the exchange and transfer of information, policies, methodologies and good practices

from the North to the South and from the South to the South ;

2) To promote the communication, awareness and consciousness-raising of the populations in front of

their future and the dialog and citizens participation methods ;

3) Elaborate with the local communities the instruments towards a local governance system and create

and implement a local development strategy ;

4) Evaluate an innovative cooperation method for the Mediterranean called « Countryside exchange »,

and adapt it to the Mediterranean context like an instrument of « transferability »;

5) Stimulate a sustainable local development based on the cultural heritage as main axis of a new

social-economical dynamic and reduce pressure on resources ;

6) Create a permanent and interconnected network of villages and experts that could be the basis of the

method transfer in the Mediterranean and of the publication of the Mediterranean « Countryside

Exchange ».

Expected results:

  1. to exchange, and allow mutual knowledge,
  2. to transfer advice and best practices through the establishment of “Countryside Exchange in the Mediterranean”



1522774 Euro 



ICALPE, The International Center for Alpine Environment, Corsica (France),


Birzeit and Tulkarem Muncapilites