Two workshops on Regional Development conducted by experts from Brazil and the European Union, and held in September and November 2009 in Brazil, contributed to strengthening the National Policy for Regional Development (PNDR) through improved coordination and training of policy-makers from the three levels of government (federal, state and municipal).
Each of the two workshops was attended by 50 participants. The first workshop was conducted by ten experts, five of which from the EU and five from Brazil. The second workshop was conducted by 14 experts, seven from the EU and seven from Brazil.
The first workshop took place between 15 and 17 September 2009 in Brasilia, and addressed policy-makers from the federal government, especially from partner instances in the MI as regards Regional Development strategies. The content discussed during the event included five modules: Institutional Development and Governance; Science, Technology and Innovation; Regional Foresight; Infrastructure and Rural Development; and Accessibility Planning.
The second workshop, held between 17 and 19 November 2009, in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, aimed at policy-makers from the other levels of government and social actors of the thirteen different meso-regions considered priority regions by the PNDR: Upper Amazon, Acre River Valley, Bico do Papagaio, Chapada das Mangabeiras, Chapada do Araripe, Seridó, Xingó, Jequitinhonha and Mucuri Valleys, Itabapoana, Ribeira Valley - Guaraqueçaba, Greater MERCOSUR Border, Southernmost Rio Grande Sul and Águas Emendadas. The event addressed seven themes: Institutional Development and Governance; Cross-Border Cooperation; Experiences in regional viticulture projects; apiculture; gems and jewelry; natural reserves; and geoparks (paleontological parks).
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