Objectives of the Work Group: Support the Organic Districts in the development of activities related to the start-up, management and organization of activities related to the improvement of the social conditions of the Eco-region Communities. This involves the strengthening of the community bonds, the creation of a virtuous cycle linking the urban and rural areas where the Eco-Region insist. By facilitating exchanges of ideas, experiences and simply increasing the level of mutual knowledge among people living in urban and rural areas, a mutual benefit for the communities will be provided. Integrating socially fragile and marginalized people within inclusive Eco-Region communities is also another area of intervention this WG will consider in its activities.

Generally, Organic Districts are in rural areas and their main activities are related to agriculture.  They supply the local population but also to the population living in cities. Seen in the perspective of the need for an integrated food system approach for healthy and environmentally friendly dietary patterns, this opens up for developing new rural-urban linkages to provide more and better jobs for youth in agriculture and food systems and in general, a potential for the revitalization of rural areas.




Giuseppe OREFICE



General Secretary of IN.N.E.R.

Expert in analysis of territorial dynamics and economic-productive sectors,  in planning and managing definition of organizational and commercial strategies, and those of the vocational guidance, training and occupational services; management and development of human, economic and organizational resources; Executive design of the interventions, especially in multilateral cooperation programmes and in decentralized cooperation; public relations; budgeting and financial management, monitoring and results evaluation at international level and in several European Projects and Programmes.



Kim Assaël



International Secretariat of IN.N.E.R.

social anthropologist. She has extensive experience in coordination and management of international projects. With a specialisation in primary Health Care Management in Least Developed Countries she has competences in techniques of community participation, action-research in cooperation and socio-economic local development projects, social analysis. She has managed many project proposals, transnational partnerships, coordination of products and training within European projects. In the framework of social innovation and sustainable development issues, at present she is promoting and giving organizational support to the expansion and development of the Bio-districts and Eco-regions at regional and international level. She is also collaborating with the IDEASS Programme on social innovations and international cooperation among countries, the international initiative in collaboration with UN Agencies and sustained by the KIP international school. Previously she has been project manager of a six European countries in a 2007-13 CULTURE programme project at Sapienza University of Rome.

Lena Schniering, Germany 

Regina Sharmila Dass

Arunas Svitojus, Lithuania