Developing productive activities is a key issue for vulnerable communities. The GERES approach focuses on local entrepreneurs with a view to sharing and redistributing benefits throughout the territory. It is designed to boost the competitiveness and development of local production, by disseminating good economic practice in the energy and environment fields. Private sector involvement helps to achieve more widespread impact and enhance the sustainability of the supported initiatives.
GERES works to support local initiatives and improve production factors, while promoting and assisting the sectors concerned and strengthening their institutional grounding. It ensures viability and redistribution by bringing together stakeholders promoting sustainable governance models. The proposed activities involve building entrepreneurs' capacity via training, support in strategy development and quality control, financial and technical support with market dynamics and the establishment of partnerships around technological innovation.