KASE MAURO: A new role for the rural. (MAURO)


Main funder

Funder's project number: 129357


Funds granted by main funder (€)

56 304,56


Funding program

European Agricultural fund for Rural Development (Funding programs)


Project timetable

Project start date: 01/06/2020

Project end date: 31/12/2021


Summary

The aim of the KASE MAURO project is to develop a new role for the countryside of the Kaustinen sub-region. There are several powerful needs and opportunities for realizing a new role. The key identified opportunity is based on the production and deployment of renewable energy, where the economic potential of this sub-region alone is around 100 million euros per year. The project is being implemented by the University of Vaasa, the Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius, the Ruralia Institute and the Kaustinen sub-region as the project's main coordinator.

The objectives of the project are (1) to define the vision and target state for a new role of the countryside of Kaustinen sub-region in the field of renewable energy and to launch a process of change leading to the vision; (2) to provide the information necessary to carry out the transformation process: (a) to explore the technical and economic potential of renewable energy, (b) to study the social and psychological feasibility of renewable energy development projects and the attractiveness of the field; to establish the necessary networks and partnerships to carry out the transformation process; to create a coherent package of stand-alone projects and investments in renewable resources.

The measures implemented are: (1) Kaustinen sub-region draws up the vision, the target state and the road map for the transition, and coordinates the implementation and communication of the project entity; (2) Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius studies the social and psychological feasibility of renewable energy development projects and the attractiveness of the field; (3) Levón Institute explores the potential of energy self-sufficiency in renewable energy throughout the sub-region and, together with the region's own actors and stakeholders, will make recommendations for action to achieve this goal; (4) Ruralia Institute assesses the regional economic impact of the potential of renewable energy in the region.

The target groups of the project are the municipalities, residents and rural businesses in the area.

Results of the project are (1) a vision and target state for the new role of the countryside - piloted by the Kaustinen sub-region; (2) a road map outlining the strategic road to the vision and the target; (3) a study on the social and psychological feasibility of renewable energy development projects in the pilot area and on the attractiveness of the field; (4) a study on the technical and economic potential of renewable energy and recommendations for action to promote the energy transition in the pilot area; (5) a study of the regional economic impact of renewable energy in the pilot area.


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