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IREAS will start a two-year international evaluation project funded by Norway Grants on the topic of Lost Millennials

IREAS, in collaboration with 13 other partners from EEA countries, has succeeded in a call for Norway Grants with a new project on "Lost Millennials", which will focus analysis and research on the regularly neglected group of millennials. In the literature and in strategic documents at national level, they are referred to by the acronym NEET ("Not in Education, Employment or Training"). These are young people aged 25-29 who are not in education, employment or training and are mainly supported by their parents. IREAS will guarantee analysis and evaluation activities in this project.

The main objective of the project will be to contribute to the successful integration of 25+ NEETs into the labour market by increasing knowledge on the effects of employment initiatives on 25+ NEETs, building the capacity of stakeholders to carry out impact studies and thus improving the quality of labour market interventions. This will be achieved through the creation of a transnational research network to share know-how and best practices, the evaluation of government and community initiatives targeting 25+ NEETs, and the involvement of stakeholders to increase the policy relevance of the project results. The primary target group is researchers, practitioners and other stakeholders, while the target beneficiaries are 25+ NEETs with a focus on disadvantaged groups.


Evaluation project baseline annotation:
Project title: Lost Millennials - Transnational research network for the evaluation of initiatives targeting 25+ NEETs
Duration: 11/2021 - 01/2024
Contractor: EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment
Implementer: Leader - HETFA Research Institute Ltd. 
IREAS is one of the 13 entities from EU countries that will implement the sub-activities of this project.
Contact: Petr Fanta, Ph.D. (fanta@ireas.cz) and Assoc. Ing. Martin Pělucha, Ph.D. (pelucha@ireas.cz) 

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IREAS evaluated five operational programs in the context of climate change mainstreaming

In the first half of April, IREAS experts evaluated the five prepared operational programs (hereinafter referred to as OPs) for the new programming period 2021 - 2027 in terms of their setting and reflection of climate measures. Specifically, these were the OP Transport, the Integrated Regional Operational Program, the OP Environment, the OP Technology and Applications for Competitiveness and the OP Technical Assistance.In the newly prepared programming period 2021 - 2027, the horizontal priorities are proposed, through which a comprehensive approach in financing from the EU structural funds should be achieved. These are:

(1) adaptation to climate change

(2) society 4.0

(3) the territorial dimension

The purpose of the evaluation was therefore to determine the extent to which the relevant climate change adaptation measures (i.e. the first horizontal priority) have been (or will be) able to be incorporated into the operational programs to be funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund.
The evaluation was carried out for the European Commission (DG Clima) in a framework evaluation contract coordinated by the evaluation companies COWI A / S (Denmark) and Metis GmbH (Austria), which also prepared a detailed methodology for the evaluation approach. The IREAS centrum, Ltd. fulfills the partial activities of this project for the Czech Republic in the form of subcontracting. Associate Professor Martin Pělucha (IREAS) works as a lead expert in the Czech Republic.

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Beskydy

The IREAS team has successfully completed the cross-border Czech-Slovak project BESKYDY. Over the past years, we were working on the restoration of biodiversity and ecosystem services of the Beskydy forests, which are threatened by climate change. In the project, we investigated not only the perception of risks associated with climate change by local governments, residents, entrepreneurs and other organizations, but also the perception of individual benefits of forest stands. Based on these findings, we proposed the most appropriate adaptation measures and steps to mitigate the impacts of climate change. These actions were directed not only towards sustainable forest management and water management in forests, but also towards the support of biodiversity and ways to protect valuable natural sites. Designing institutional arrangements for cooperation among key actors was also an integral part of this. In the project, together with our partners from CzechGlob and NLZ Zvolen, we also developed a web-map application which, through interactive simulations, enables plotting expected climate development in the Beskydy area in the coming decades and its impacts on forests in this transboundary area. The application Beskydy Forests and Climate Change provides forecasts of future development of climate, biodiversity, forests and ecosystem services for the period 2020-2080. The application can also simulate the estimated impacts of climate change on species composition, carbon accumulation, biodiversity, aesthetic and economic value of the forest for four alternative ways of forest management and two different climate development scenarios considered. 
The NLC colleagues also developed a pilot project for the transformation of the same-aged spruce forest to a different-aged quasi-natural forest at the Velký Polom project. The aim of the pilot project is to practically demonstrate the most progressive ways of forest adaptation to climate change. You can find more about the cross-border project funded by INTERREG V-A SK-CZ 2014-2020 on our project website at this link. 

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Monograph on rural development in the context of digitalization wins Rector’s Award of Prague University of Economics and Business.

A highly respected member of the Evaluation and Regional Policy team, Assoc. Prof. Ing. Martin Pělucha, Ph.D., won the Rector’s Award of the Prague University of Economics and Business for a prestigious publication on 2 February 2021 at a meeting of the Scientific Board. 

The publication is entitled “Rural Development in the Digital Age: Exploring Neo-Productivist EU Rural Policy” and was compiled by Assoc. Prof. Martin Pělucha and Prof. Edward Kasabov, while two sub-chapters were prepared by RNDr. Jana Kourilova, Ph.D. and also by Prof. RNDr. René Wokoun, CSc. In 2020, other monographs of academic staff of the Prague University of Economics and Business published in foreign publishing houses (Routledge and Palgrave Macmillan) were evaluated as a part of this award. In the context of renowned foreign publishing houses, the above publication took first place in this competition. (Results of the evaluation HERE).

The book “Rural Development in the Digital Age: Exploring Neo-productivist EU Rural Policy” was published by the British publishing house Routledge and focuses on the theoretical and practical context of EU rural development policy in the period 4.0. The publication is intended not only for researchers and policy makers in the field of rural policy, regional studies, economic geography and EU policy, but also for advanced students, especially for those of doctoral study programmes. You can order it here.

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March 13, 2020

Have you read our latest newsletter Education and Social Policy?

Here comes the Easter present – the first newsletter of 2020! And first of all, it contains links to materials that can be downloaded for free:

1 ) Programme Little John and His Journey around The World, which focuses on work with children with a foreign mother tongue – travel with the children virtually at least:)

2) Water Agent Manual, which focuses on water management – make use of this time of long-distance learning by concentrating on topics that are crucial for our planet.

Furthermore, you can read in the newsletter more about our projects - e.g., about how our colleague Víťa Malý works on advancing gastronomy in the Czech Republic by supporting specialized classes with practical workshops. If you look at the photographs from the final feast, you will see we may expect much more from our cooks in the future. You can find more information about the conference “SHARING MATTERS” – benefits of mentoring and coaching in the school system. Unfortunately, the conference had to be cancelled but you can look forward to a new date in the autumn. And last but not least! We are just preparing a new project focusing on Prague gymnasiums. Throughout the year, we offer development based on the principles of systemics for both teachers and students. You can find basic information in the newsletter but we will release more soon.

The Education and Social Policy team wishes you a pleasant reading!

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April 3, 2020

About Water and Climate Change playfully – endless inspiration for teachers at primary schools

In March, we informed about the work of our colleagues on the Czech portal adam.cz. In today’s world, where the topics of drought and water management are getting more and more burdensome, in many countries there is still a lack of active citizen involvement concerning the issues of water resources. Therefore, a significant change in society’s behaviour is needed and updated and effective education about water management on all levels may contribute to this change. Even though the curricula at primary schools deal with environmental education topics, there is not enough information about water management. This is the reason we’ve created a practical guide for teachers which contains up-to-date information for each student’s level and different kinds of activities contributing to interactive and practical teaching. The guide can be downloaded for free in English, Czech, Slovakian and Hungarian. We’ve managed to extend the educational material Water Agent V 003 via arising project      Wat.Edu (Water Education for Innovative Environmental Learning).

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