Date:November 02, 2012



The Netherlands Rural Network aims to support people and organisations that are committed to promote a strong and attractive countryside. Our operations promote the countryside in all its different aspects: not only through Leader groups and diversification activities, but for example also by focusing on agricultural production and landscape management.

The Dutch countryside is in a state of transition. There are all sorts of organisations committed to promoting the resilience and appeal of our rural areas. The purpose of the National Network for Rural Areas is to support those organisations, by providing a platform where they can meet fellow organisations and local authorities and share knowledge and experiences.

Identifying initiatives
The Rural Network also identifies new and promising initiatives in the area of (multifunctional) agriculture and village development, nature, social cohesion, quality of life and joint decision-making. Another important task is to support regional development committees in their work for rural areas.


We provide these services by organising meetings and advisory sessions, by publishing articles, by offering a project database, a website, workshops and a newsletter and by listening carefully to what the network participants tell us about their needs and ideas. Additionally, we sometimes launch our own initiatives to set things in motion.


The Dutch National Rural Network is facilitated by two independent, non governmental organizations: ETCCLM, in collaboration withCommunicatiebureau de LynxAequator en Movisie. The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation is the commissioning authority.

Countries/Countries the Netherlands
Duration of project 2007-2014
Client/partner Dutch Minsitry of Economic Affairs & Agriculture & 12 provinces
Contactperson (within ETC) Marga de Jong