What does LEADER mean?
The LEADER programme is part of the Austrian Programme For Rural Development (LE2020). The programme supports rural development projects initiated at the local level which revitalise rural areas and create jobs.
LEADER projects must be managed by so-called local action groups (LAG). In the region of the valley lavant, the LAG "Regionalkooperation Unterkärnten" is responsible for managing these projects. The regions does not only cover the valley Lavant, but also the municipalities of South Carinthia. The LEADER programme covers three development focuses, which are treated differently in every region. In the LAG Regionalkooperation Unterkärnten the focus lies on the following action fields:
1. Added Value (themes: economy, tourism, agriculture and energy)
2. Natural Ressources and Cultural Heritage (themes: nature and environment, culture)
3. Public Welfare (themes: local and urban development, infrastructure and mobility, education and integration, civil society and services to the public)
"Cross-sectional topics" (women, lifelong learning, youth, migration, climate change), which can be found in all of the above mentioned action fields complete the development focuses for the region.