About the book
The book aims to examine the progress made by rural communities in terms of rural economy and policies under the Agenda 21 framework and highlighting the new prospects regarding the agrarian, social and demographic structures in the context of sustainable development goals (SDGs) promoted by the Agenda 2030. Rural communities are facing various challenges nowadays in terms of poor infrastructure, poverty, social exclusion, rural-urban migration, shifting agrarian markets and geographical isolation, climate change, environmental pollution or resource depletion. The contributions should point out how rural communities should combat such challenges, to reveal best management and policy practices, and to outline the new perspectives towards a sustainable agriculture, fishing or forestry system, proper land use management, solid agrarian structure, and a sound rural tourism sector. The role of cultural heritage should also be investigated. Rural population access to medical care, nutrition, education, clean energy and reliable public utilities (eg. sanitation, waste management, drinking water) are essential for improving social development, particularly across middle and low-income countries. Achieving global sustainable development goals (SGDS) implies also the development of rural communities. The book topic encourages the multi and interdisciplinary approaches at different geographical scales (national, regional, local) supported by a pertinent literature review.