Press Release – Region of Crete

REGION OF CRETE
PRESS OFFICE
PRESS RELEASE
26.08.19

The establishment of the Rural Crete Observatory was announced today at a meeting at the offices of the Region of Crete.

The creation and operation of the Rural Crete Observatory, the first of its kind in Greece, to strengthen the support system of Cretan actors involved in planning for the Cretan countryside, was announced today at the Region of Crete at a meeting of the Regional Governor with the Rector of the Technical University of Crete and representatives of a local development company.

The Observatory is initiated and financed by the Region of Crete in collaboration with the Technical University of Crete and the Ploigos Development Company.

The Observatory will cover the whole of Crete, involving every Municipality of the island based on a pilot launch implemented by the Municipality of Lasithi Plateau. The importance and role of the Observatory were stressed by Regional Governor Mr Stavros Arnaoutakis and the other participants: the Rector of the Technical University of Crete, Professor Evangelos Diamantopoulos; the Scientific Coordinator of the Observatory, Associate Professor Nikos Skoutelis of the School of Architecture; the President of Ploigos, Mr Haris Roditakis; the Director of Ploigos, Mr George Zervos; the Coordinator of the Observatory, Dr Chryssa Pagalou; and Mr George Psarakis, a PhD student at the Technical University of Crete.

The recent launch of the Observatory is intended to highlight the dynamics of the Cretan countryside as well as the dangers that threaten it, its future prospects and the conditions necessary to ensure the desired developments. These aims will beachieved through the collection, monitoring, analysis and processing of data relevant to the subject and the subsequent scientific proposals, suggestions and guidelines provided to the Cretan public bodies and other actors involved in planning and decision-making on rural Crete.

The main objective of the Observatory, as outlined by the Regional Governor and other participants, is to contribute to deciphering the positive or negative changes affecting rural Crete, through systematic data collection, analysis, processing and deciphering. The Technical University of Crete is the Scientific Coordinator of the RCO, in collaboration with the Ploigos Educational and Development Company (a pan-Cretan non-profit body consisting of local government, development, rural, tourist and cultural stakeholders). It was also announced that an electronic database exclusively dedicated to rural Crete would be supplied to the RCO for the purposes of data collection, recording and processing. The Observatory will make the results available to the relevant bodies (particularly the Region of Crete, Municipalities and development bodies) via suggestions, proposals, guidelines, etc., while disseminating information to the public, assisting and guiding Cretan society as a whole to become more involved in planning and decision-making.

Information events and informal educational seminars will be organised for the above purposes, alongside activities for the transfer of good practice implemented by the RCO, and partnerships with academic and research institutions in Greece and abroad.

Mr Stavros Arnaoutakis stated: ‘Our aim, with the support of public bodies and other actors, is to strengthen the rural hinterland.’

‘The establishment and operation of the Rural Crete Observatory, the first of its kind in Greece, highlights the Region’s efforts to reinforce the support system’ of the Cretan bodies involved in planning for the Cretan countryside, stressed the participants at the meeting.

Mr Arnaoutakis added: ‘This is an important initiative, proving once again that the Region of Crete is willing to work with the educational institutions of the island. The Technical University of Crete, the Ploigos Company – a local government development company – and the Region of Crete, are all working together for the Rural Crete Observatory. This is an important tool for rural development, which, together with the employment observatory we are implementing in collaboration with the University of Crete, will bring significant benefits to every area of ​​Crete. The Rural Crete Observatory will be of particular benefit in the hinterland.Cooperation and synergy among the actorswill produce the best possible results for rural development. We want the Region of Crete to function as an ‘open workshop’ where policies, organisation and operation methodologies, modern development ‘tools’, partnerships, etc. are tested. We will support those that subsequently prove their value and usefulness,to the benefit of Cretan society, Cretan producers and entrepreneurs.’

The Regional Governor expressed his belief that the Rural Crete Observatory will contribute decisively and scientifically to shape the future development scenarios of rural Crete, starting today, as well as highlighting the ‘new attractiveness’ of the Cretan countryside given the new opportunities created. ‘For all these reasons, we offer our political, financial and administrative support to this initiative/partnership of local actors, an initiative that is both innovative and necessary.’

Asked by reporters when measurable results are to be expected, the Regional Governor replied: ‘We will have measurable results in a year, but the municipalities – both new mayors and old– must embrace this venture, which can only bring major benefits.’ He urged everyone to see the multiplier effect of these projects on local communities, stressing that, ‘If we keep this in mind, we have every reason to be optimistic that the Region of Crete can compete with the Regions of Europe.’



REGION OF CRETE
PRESS OFFICE
PRESS RELEASE
26.08.19

The establishment of the Rural Crete Observatory was announced today at a meeting at the offices of the Region of Crete.

The creation and operation of the Rural Crete Observatory, the first of its kind in Greece, to strengthen the support system of Cretan actors involved in planning for the Cretan countryside, was announced today at the Region of Crete at a meeting of the Regional Governor with the Rector of the Technical University of Crete and representatives of a local development company.

The Observatory is initiated and financed by the Region of Crete in collaboration with the Technical University of Crete and the Ploigos Development Company.

The Observatory will cover the whole of Crete, involving every Municipality of the island based on a pilot launch implemented by the Municipality of Lasithi Plateau. The importance and role of the Observatory were stressed by Regional Governor Mr Stavros Arnaoutakis and the other participants: the Rector of the Technical University of Crete, Professor Evangelos Diamantopoulos; the Scientific Coordinator of the Observatory, Associate Professor Nikos Skoutelis of the School of Architecture; the President of Ploigos, Mr Haris Roditakis; the Director of Ploigos, Mr George Zervos; the Coordinator of the Observatory, Dr Chryssa Pagalou; and Mr George Psarakis, a PhD student at the Technical University of Crete.

The recent launch of the Observatory is intended to highlight the dynamics of the Cretan countryside as well as the dangers that threaten it, its future prospects and the conditions necessary to ensure the desired developments. These aims will beachieved through the collection, monitoring, analysis and processing of data relevant to the subject and the subsequent scientific proposals, suggestions and guidelines provided to the Cretan public bodies and other actors involved in planning and decision-making on rural Crete.

The main objective of the Observatory, as outlined by the Regional Governor and other participants, is to contribute to deciphering the positive or negative changes affecting rural Crete, through systematic data collection, analysis, processing and deciphering. The Technical University of Crete is the Scientific Coordinator of the RCO, in collaboration with the Ploigos Educational and Development Company (a pan-Cretan non-profit body consisting of local government, development, rural, tourist and cultural stakeholders). It was also announced that an electronic database exclusively dedicated to rural Crete would be supplied to the RCO for the purposes of data collection, recording and processing. The Observatory will make the results available to the relevant bodies (particularly the Region of Crete, Municipalities and development bodies) via suggestions, proposals, guidelines, etc., while disseminating information to the public, assisting and guiding Cretan society as a whole to become more involved in planning and decision-making.

Information events and informal educational seminars will be organised for the above purposes, alongside activities for the transfer of good practice implemented by the RCO, and partnerships with academic and research institutions in Greece and abroad.

Mr Stavros Arnaoutakis stated: ‘Our aim, with the support of public bodies and other actors, is to strengthen the rural hinterland.’

‘The establishment and operation of the Rural Crete Observatory, the first of its kind in Greece, highlights the Region’s efforts to reinforce the support system’ of the Cretan bodies involved in planning for the Cretan countryside, stressed the participants at the meeting.

Mr Arnaoutakis added: ‘This is an important initiative, proving once again that the Region of Crete is willing to work with the educational institutions of the island. The Technical University of Crete, the Ploigos Company – a local government development company – and the Region of Crete, are all working together for the Rural Crete Observatory. This is an important tool for rural development, which, together with the employment observatory we are implementing in collaboration with the University of Crete, will bring significant benefits to every area of ​​Crete. The Rural Crete Observatory will be of particular benefit in the hinterland.Cooperation and synergy among the actorswill produce the best possible results for rural development. We want the Region of Crete to function as an ‘open workshop’ where policies, organisation and operation methodologies, modern development ‘tools’, partnerships, etc. are tested. We will support those that subsequently prove their value and usefulness,to the benefit of Cretan society, Cretan producers and entrepreneurs.’

The Regional Governor expressed his belief that the Rural Crete Observatory will contribute decisively and scientifically to shape the future development scenarios of rural Crete, starting today, as well as highlighting the ‘new attractiveness’ of the Cretan countryside given the new opportunities created. ‘For all these reasons, we offer our political, financial and administrative support to this initiative/partnership of local actors, an initiative that is both innovative and necessary.’

Asked by reporters when measurable results are to be expected, the Regional Governor replied: ‘We will have measurable results in a year, but the municipalities – both new mayors and old– must embrace this venture, which can only bring major benefits.’ He urged everyone to see the multiplier effect of these projects on local communities, stressing that, ‘If we keep this in mind, we have every reason to be optimistic that the Region of Crete can compete with the Regions of Europe.’