Smart Villages support in Czechia
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information on Smart Villages in Czechia
How is the concept of Smart Villages defined?
There are formal definitions of ‘Smart Villages’ in Czechia: The EU definition of Smart Villages adopted in the Czech context: Communities in rural areas that bring innovative solutions to improve their resilience, and build on local strengths and opportunities. They rely on participatory approaches for development and implementation of own strategies for economic, social improvement and / or environmental conditions, in particular the mobilisation of solutions based on digital technologies.
According to the Leaflet of the National Network of LAGs: Smart countryside is about people who live in rural areas and take their own initiative in finding practical solutions leading to change and adapting to change in their territory. The goals are carefully balanced in terms of justice, efficiency, sustainability, social peace and necessity in region:
- Digital technologies are only used when appropriate – not because they are fashionable. The smart countryside is adapting digital technologies to better serve the local community. A smart state will ensure that the countryside can apply these technologies (high-speed internet, adoption of relevant legislation).
- Smart countryside is about thinking beyond municipal boundaries. Many activities include the surrounding countryside, groups of municipalities, small towns and also links to large cities.
- Smart countryside also means supporting existing or establishing new forms of cooperation and associations: between farmers and other rural actors, municipalities, the private sector and civil society, as well as a bottom-up and top-down approaches.
- Smart countryside also means thinking about yourself. There is no standard model or solution for the smart countryside – these are local people who take an inventory of local resources, use the best of available knowledge and take the initiative.
According to the Rural development concept (Ministry of Regional Development): “Strategic planning and management of rural development based on smart solutions that contribute to strengtheningrural competitiveness and to improving the quality of life of local people.”
According to the Smart Cities Concept – resilience through SMART solutions for municipalities, cities and regions (a document produced by the Ministry of Regional Development and approved by the Government):
The term Smart Cities involves the concept of strategic management of the city, respectively, municipality or region, including rural areas (for simplicity hereinafter only “Smart Cities”, “SC concept”, “SC” without further distinction). SC’s primary goal is to ensure the quality of life for their residents, using modern technologies as a tool and subsequently to achieve economic and social goals.
The main part of the methodology introduces the basic terms, objectives and structure of the Smart Cities concept. Details are given in the annexes. The methodology responds to the requirement of local governments and other actors to bring the material closer to its main users and tries to remedy the shortcomings of its original version – namely insufficient structuring and targeting at specific Smart Cities implementers, i.e. the problematic applicability in everyday practice, extensiveness and rather theoretical approach to the issue.
Is digital a key feature of Smart Villages?
Digitalisation is an important element of a smart solution, it is considered an essential element of modernisation in a positive sense. However, digitalisation is not seen as the main component, there is recognition that people are in the centre of the concept.
Is social innovation a key feature of Smart Villages?
People and their active involvement in life are an integral pillar of the smart concept in rural areas. With the help of social innovations, it is possible to stop the outflow of inhabitants from municipalities to cities and offer them to work in a place of residence and to have all the necessary services available in the immediate vicinity.
How is the CAP supporting Smart Villages?
Ministry of Agriculture (Ministerstvo zemědělství)
Indirectly, no specific Smart Villages intervention.
- LEADER/ CLLD
No specific information available at this stage.
Celostátní síť pro venkov (National Rural Network)
Zuzana Dvořáková, Head of the National Rural Network and Technical Assistance Department
CAP Network support
Specific networking activities are organised on Smart Villages.
- Thematic working group on Smart Countryside
Working group initiated by Local Action Groups (LAGs). Support for analyses/ studies, assessments, workshops, excursions, produces videos, publications and participates at various conferences and exchanges
- Financing Smart Villages activities of different stakeholder organisations
eg: conferences, publications
How are other policies supporting Smart Villages?
Smart Cities Working Group under the Government Council for Sustainable Development of the Ministry of Regional Development
Yes, other policies have directly supported Smart Villages
Several local smart strategies have been supported by the Ministry of Regional Development in the past years. Smart objectives and initiatives at the local level are supported in the framework of the Regional Development Strategy of the Czech Republic 2021+, in thematic areas such as addressing environmental problems, climate change adaptation, etc. (covering both smart rural and urban areas).
Smart Rural 27 – Smart Villages Taskforce
No taskforce is set up yet
Smart Villages in Czechia
Trojanovice is a village in the Moravian-Silesian Region near the southeastern border with Slovakia. The cadastre of the village has an area of 35.6 km², with two thirds of the area covered by the forests of the PLA Beskydy. In 1898, the chapel of St. Cyril and Methodius. In 1940, a chairlift from Ráztoka to Pustevny was put into operation, the first of its kind in the world. The village has persistently protested efforts to renew plans to mine coal in a nearby deposit. The municipality of Trojanovice belongs to progressive municipalities that already have a lot of experience with the successful implementation of ecologically and economically sustainable projects. For a long time, the village has managed to cultivate public space through quality architecture, sensitively dimensioned for rural space.Read more
Slavičín is a smaller town located on the southeastern border with Slovakia. Apart from the central part of Slavičín, the city has three other local parts. The area of the city is approximately 30 km2, half of which is occupied by agricultural land, mainly permanent grasslands, and forests cover 38% of the area of the city. The town is located in the foothills of the White Carpathian Protected Landscape Area and is not far from the famous spas in the town of Luhačovice. It is a modern municipality with dynamic development changing the city.Read more
We are a village 35 km away from our capital Prague with 2500 permanent inhabitants (and some 500 residents who have houses in the village, but are not officially registered here). Our municipality consists of three formerly independent villages: Mukařov-Buda – an ancient settlement with our church, school, medical centre and shops laying at the crossroads of traditional trading routes, Srbín – a former agricultural village with extensive recent construction of new family houses, and Žernovka – a village known for its stonemasonry tradition.
Most of our working-age citizens commute to work outside the municipality. One of our aims is to improve communication and linkages between our citizens and the local government administration. Among others, we would like to improve e-governance practices, allowing flexibility in administration for citizens who are not in the village during working hours (due to every-day commuting).
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Last update: August 10, 2022