Associated beneficiaries and collaborators

The Catalonian Association for Rural Initiatives (ARCA) is the network of Local Action Groups of Catalonia founded in 2010 as an entity for stimulation, technical support, coordination and representation of the Catalan Leader groups before the Catalan organisations and institutions at local as well as international levels


The Nuestra Señora del Prado Cooperative Society Limited (COOPRADO) is a prominent agri-food cooperative in the Tajo-Salor-Almonte region. COOPRADO is one of the finest cooperatives with more than 40 years of experience. In 2017, it was chosen as the most dedicated Spanish cooperative in the social responsibility category.

On 19 November 2018, driven by the determination of the members of Nuestra Señora Del Prado CSL, the COOPRADO FOUNDATION came into existence to formalise and consolidate the social projects that were being developed.

Since 2015, it has been part of the project of Tajo-Salor-Almonte School of Shepherds situated in Casar de Cáceres.

The Terra Alta region's Federation of Forest Protection Associations (ADFs) is located in Gandesa, Terra Alta. It is composed of the region's 10 ADFs and strives to manage and enhance the competency of its members by offering support, training and coordination. The ADFs are associations formed by forest landowners and the local governments of the municipalities in their territory whose purpose is to prevent and tackle forest fires. They carry out numerous activities to this end, such as engaging in strategic projects aimed at managing the territory.

The University of Extremadura participates in the project through its Institute for Dehesa Research (INDEHESA). INDEHESA is an R&D centre comprising six departments that actively offers study programmes and counselling to dozens of landowners engaging in agroforestry, including expansive “dehesas” or pasturelands as well as smallholdings in hilly areas. The main objectives of INDEHESA include establishing and maintaining the agroforestry systems ensuring an efficient supply of products and services to the society on an international level. This entails collaborating with public administrations, companies and other private entities.

The Rural Development Network of Extremadura (REDEX), created in 1998, integrates the 24 Local Action Groups of Extremadura allowing a flexible and effective collaboration between its members. Among its many roles is the representation of its associates before the different administrations involved in the management of programmes carried out by the Local Action Groups and working in coordination with them. Additionally, it serves as a platform for sharing information and services, a forum for the exchange of experiences and cooperation, and the development of projects of general interest in the rural environment.

The Rurbans Association, through its School of Shepherds of Catalonia, works towards giving a boost to shepherding in Catalonia. Rurbans has promoted and participated in numerous projects and activities whose ultimate goal is to support a new generation of shepherds who base their understanding of this profession on agroecology. Through the incorporation of new generations that are often unfamiliar with this family tradition, it intends to demonstrate that the primary sector is an economically viable sector on its own. It encourages small-scale production through family and/or cooperative farming that is sustainable with respect to the environment and the sector.

TAGUS, the Association for the Comprehensive Development of Tajo-Salor-Almonte, is a local action group or rural development group of Extremadura that operates in the Tajo-Salor-Almonte region. As a result of the participatory process agreed upon by all members in the development of the Smart Specialisation Strategy of TAGUS, Catalonia's School of Shepherds was launched in 2015 in collaboration with the Cooprado Cooperative and other provincial and regional entities.

The XCN Nature Conservation Network represents more than 150 organisations associated with the management and conservation of natural heritage in Catalonia. Its plan of action includes the stimulation of initiatives for the protection of territory and the involvement of civil society in solving environmental challenges. To this end, the XCN promotes an agricultural model compatible with the conservation of natural heritage and resources, and communicates its discourse through different channels: it is part of the PorOtraPAC coalition that actively participates in the European Access to Land Network and executes the RURALIZATION project which focuses on the orientation of public policies for rural development.

Neus Monllor is an agro-social consultancy specialising in rural development, generational renewal, sustainable cooking, experiential travel and local agri-food systems. Their diverse scope of activities includes: 1) ideation, coordination and execution of projects, 2) consolidation, development and evaluation of policies, plans and programmes, 3) creation and implementation of customised training, 4) design and production of applied research, and 5) generation and dissemination of specialised content. All these tasks are carried out within a framework of ethical, sincere and professional commitment to their collaborators and clients.


Our collaborators include the Barcelona Provincial Council, the Lleida City Council, the National Association of Ripollès Sheep Breeders (ANCRI), the Town Council of Arroyo de la Luz and RENETA—the French network of farm incubators.