The Austrian National Rural Network (NRN) has a broad work program in terms of promoting rural development. The network does not have any particular target group and is aimed at all rural stakeholders involved in rural development including:
- Agriculture and market: administrations, stakeholders, chambers of agriculture, the Young Farmers’ Organisation, the Women Farmers’ Organisation;
- Forestry: land owners, administrations, advisory services, scientists;
- Agri-environment: administration, agricultural institutions, environmental NGOs/experts, land users, scientists;
- Diversification: tourism associations, LAGs;
- Leader: associations/organisations concerned with integration, migration and diversity and LAGs.
The network also works in cooperation with farmers organisations including Chambers, branch organisations (mountain farming, breeding, direct marketing etc.), women farmers, young farmers and biomass.
the NRN’s magazine (two issues per year) is the other main communication tool of the network. It shows different topics in its various i.e. biological, social and economical aspects. In the meantime nine issues have been published. The topics are: ‘Diversity’, ‘Alteration’, ‘Multi functionality’, ‘Forest’, 'Success', 'Learning', "Rural depopulation", "Innovation" and "Time".
In winter 2010 the database of ‘good practice’ examples and projects was put online. These good practice examples highlight aspects for innovation in rural development. Currently we are translating the existing projects (more than 350) from German to English.