Perspectives for sustainable rural development in Ukraine according to decentralization reform.

Authors: Valentyn Panchenko*, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine | Northern Arizona University, USA
Topics: Rural Geography, Sustainability Science, Europe
Keywords: Rural development, rural communities, rural planning, sustainability, decentralization, Ukraine
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Gallier B, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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The transition of rural development in Ukraine is the main point of this research. The purpose of that study is to develop planning approaches and ways to implement the development of rural communities: case study on Sumy region; identify common and intra-regional complex features. Transformation with rural area in Ukraine related to decentralization in the country and shifting from ‘top-down’ management to ‘bottom-up’ approach in governance. Currently, rural settlements have opportunity to form new lowest administrative divisions – ‘community’. Factually, it become independent administrative, statistical, planning and development units of regional policy. Because of using just economical and infrastructural connection between settlements in dividing of new divisions, which going to lead for inefficient management model and possible future negative environmental consequences, preferences in that research will be looking on ways when different rural communities have been created on social-economic factors or taking into account the ecological component of that area, or even making model when some area could be divided by that two aspects, how it influenced on rural development and sustainability of the region. Sustainable environments conceptual frameworks presented in this research as connecting link between social, economic, administrative and environmental emphases of the study. Rural communities become a new player of regional policy and their development ability have been increased. The new spatial objects are a social creation, with a bit of state planning influence, and cohesion, which makes it totally different to other or previous divisions, should take crucial place in regional studies and Ukrainian Geography.

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