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AGRILIFE- Agriculture and life sciences in the economy
SUSTAG - Sustainable Agriculture
Building a Typology of European Rural Areas for the Spatial Impact Assessment of Policies (TERA-SIAP)


The objectives of this study are: (i) to build a Typology of European Rural Areas (TERA) which will provide a suitable basis for SIAP of a range of current and possible policies for rural areas, (ii) to provide guidelines for its potential use, particularly, in conjunction with a set of models, and (iii) to test the suitability of TERA on providing SIAP of at least two different policy measures of the Axis 3 of the RDR.


The TERA-SIAP project was brought into being against the increase of the importance of Pillar 2 of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in the context of both Agenda 2000 and the recent fundamental CAP reforms, as well as the profound requirement to assess the need for, and evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of broader rural development policy (as represented by the Axis 3 measures of the Rural Development Regulation (RDR) 1698/2005).

The project consists of four work packages:

  • The objective of work package 1 is to define policy measures to be analyzed and socio-economic perspectives (indicators) to be taken into account as well as to specify appropriate models to be used in the Spatial Impact Assessment. Thus the objective of work package 1 will be to develop the 2 components and logical sequence upon which typology construction will later be based.
  • Work package 2 consists of two tasks. The specification of a methodological approach and the exploration of data availability for constructing the typologies specified in work package 1.
  • Work package 3 aims at providing the TERA database and technical realisation of the methodology set up in work package 2 and at assessing their suitability for providing Spatial Impact Assessment on at least tow different policy measures of the Axis 3 of the Rural Development Regulation.
  • The objective of work package 4 is to summarise the outcomes of the project and to validate them by a team of experts.

The project started in January 2008 and results will be available early 2011.

Publication EUR 24398 EN

S. Gomez y Paloma
Joint Research Centre