The solutions advocated by Grous - Countryside Development Partners were tested by, a dedicated laboratory for rural development based in Portugal.
As a European region, Portugal is a small country with significant territorial, cultural and social diversity.

For 15 years this organization has been linked to the experimentation of new projects in rural areas, oriented to its development.
One hundred opportunities for the economic and social development of rural areas were analyzed, but only 15 reached the stage of experimentation.

The rural development laboratory was set up in Trancoso, a small Portuguese village with 3,000 inhabitants on the border between the Central and Northern regions of Portugal, 50 km from the border with the Castilla Y Leon Region of Spain.