Smart Solutions

The Smart Solutions Database gives access to a wide range of innovative practices adaptable to various local contexts.

Smart solutions list :


A local irrigation system that involves the collection and filtering of rainwater pumped to agricultural land using solar and wind-powered pumps.

Implemented inTomaszyn

Country : Poland

Initial investment : 40,000 €


Decontamination and sustainable management of a village landfill site to generate energy and provide a usable space for community activities.

Implemented inPeccioli

Country : Italy

Initial investment : 2,000,000 €


A children’s bike lending and swapping service, through which parents with young children get access to children’s bicycles at a very low cost.

Implemented inHerselt

Country : Belgium – Flanders

Initial investment : 2,500 €


A resident-led housing processes of taking abandoned desolate buildings and upcycling them into new village houses.

Implemented inRautajärvi

Country : Finland

Initial investment : 26,500 €


Hosting cinema screenings and before-and-after social activities in the village library – or other municipal building.

Implemented inKatymár

Country : Hungary

Initial investment : 6,886 €


Installation of a scattered network of solar panels on roofs and terraces within a village through a community-led process.

Implemented inMelpignano

Country : Italy

Initial investment : 400,000 €


Ride-sharing benches are equipped with signs of destinations that local people can hold up in order to get a free ride from a passing vehicle heading in the same direction.

Implemented inGrafing

Country : Germany

Initial investment : 6,000 €


A network of tourism enterprises committed to principles of ecotourism and delivering joint initiatives such as destination marketing.

Implemented inBurren Ecotourism Network

Country : Ireland

Initial investment : 0 €


A school catering initiative that prioritises the supply of locally produced organic food without additional costs.

Implemented inMouans-Sartoux

Country : France

Initial investment : 0 €


Providing mediation between vacant homeowners and potential new tenants, making it easier for young people, new residents and families to live in unused or semi-empty housing intended for tourist use.

Implemented inAnsó

Country : Spain

Initial investment : 2,600 €


Returning land from private to communal ownership under a secure and permanent legal structure, supported by training and guidance to develop holistically sustainable communities.

Implemented inTärkkilä

Country : Finland

Initial investment : 2,100 €


Small-scale, community-owned solar energy park using locally sourced timber to support the photovoltaic panels.

Implemented inCarayac, Lot, Occitany

Country : France

Initial investment : 220,000 €


A community-led initiative enabling access to local produce through an open-source digital farmers-market platform – provided by the Open Food Network (OFN).

Implemented inCloughjordan, County Tipperary

Country : Ireland

Initial investment : 7,400 €


Offering a range of local housing as accommodation for tourists through a shared online platform, together with local produce and activities.

Implemented inSauris/Zahre

Country : Italy

Initial investment : 0 €


A not-for-profit, volunteer driven community project supporting remote working opportunities at local level in rural areas

Implemented inTubbercurry and South Sligo, Ireland

Country : Ireland

Initial investment : 0 €


A small-scale physical installation that is fed with local food and garden waste to generate biogas energy for cooking and heating

Implemented inSuderbyn Permaculture Ecovillage, Sweden

Country : Sweden

Initial investment : 5,000 €


Users anywhere in the world can adopt an olive tree via the online platform, with the money raised being used at local level to recover abandoned olive groves.

Implemented inOliete, Teruel, Spain

Country : Spain

Initial investment : 80,000 €


Adapted village infrastructure, ICT tools and branding to become an ‘accessible village’ for people with disabilities as an engine for cultural, social and economic growth.

Implemented inMonteverde, Italy

Country : Italy

Initial investment : 4,750,000 €


The project built up a comprehensive telecommunications network from optical fibre in the Raudanmaa village area to support existing businesses in the region, enable the emergence of new ones, and improve residents’ access to both public and private services.

Implemented inRaudanmaa

Country : Finland

Initial investment : 399,160 €


A 10-day residency for 80 participants from different creative and professional backgrounds, focused on exploring ways to revive village identity and local territorial development.

Implemented inMorigerati

Country : Italy

Initial investment : 22,000 €


Digital remote schooling for children in the village of Eskola (Finland), made possible through cooperation with the town of Lapinjärvi (500 km away from Eskola) through digital technology and local collaboration.

Implemented inEskola, Finland

Country : Finland

Initial investment : 4,250 €


A production unit concept, elaborated in the field of bioeconomy, which integrates several state-of-the-art technologies: aquaponics; aquaculture; soil borehole heat pumps + solar panels; insect breeding, hydroponics.

Implemented inTörökkoppány, Hungary

Country : Hungary

Initial investment : 152,000 €


Local farm products are packaged into one ‘Village in a box’ twice a year and sold to local consumers.

Implemented inSchriek, Heist-op-den-Berg municipality

Country : Belgium – Flanders

Initial investment : 0 €


The solution, which intends to find answers in the context of an ageing population, is based on communication between equipment for remote monitoring of elderly health (biomedical) parameters in a strict, comfortable and cost effectively way, allowing the early diagnosis and prevention of risk situations, as well as a more efficient management of care provision, in particular for those suffering from chronic illnesses, and an improvement in the response capacity of health units.

Implemented inSabugueiro, Portugal

Country : Portugal

Initial investment : 40,000 €


Use of ICT technologies and specialised equipment in the Water System infrastructure of Kythera in order to monitor remotely the quality and quantity of the drinking water, to locate malfunctions and reduce losses.

Implemented inMunicipality of Kythera

Country : Greece

Initial investment : 1,891,577 €


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