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DOI: 10.5593/sgem2017/53/S21.049

EXPERT-LEVEL COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS OF THE VIABILITY OF RURAL AREAS IN THE BALTIC SEA EAST COAST STATES

B. Rivza, E.M. Kruzmetra, G. Grinberga-Zalite, A. Wojewodzka-Wiewiorska, J. Jasaitis
Wednesday 13 September 2017 by Libadmin2017

References: 17th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2017, www.sgem.org, SGEM2017 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7408-10-2 / ISSN 1314-2704, 29 June - 5 July, 2017, Vol. 17, Issue 53, 393-400 pp, DOI: 10.5593/sgem2017/53/S21.049

ABSTRACT

The rural space in the Baltic Sea East Coast States – Latvia, Lithuania and Poland – comprises a significant part of the territories of these states. It occupies more than half of each state’s territory and employs more than a third of labour market participants. For these reasons, the future prospects of the rural space in each of the states is an important issue in designing their smart growth strategies. Smart growth is determined not only by objective circumstances but also by local authorities, the activity of various public organisations and the readiness of residents to act under the guidance of the mentioned formations. The present research focuses on these formations, which may be assumed to be performance agents, and on their influence on smart growth and the viability of rural areas. The research employed the survey method – a survey of experts was conducted (n=171 in Latvia; n=163 in Lithuania; n=111 in Poland, carried out during 2016) to assess each performance agent’s contribution to smart growth. Summarising the expert opinions allows performing a comprehensive comparison in terms of similarities and differences in evaluating each agent’s performance in each country surveyed and defining primary objectives to be achieved in order to improve the smart growth process for each performance agent under the particular conditions of their country.

Keywords: vitality of rural space, performance agents, local governance.