On May 11, 2018, the final seminar of the FpB 1624 Project "Network interaction and strategic planning of development of depressive rural areas of Mogilev region" was held in Bykhov, Mogilev region. The event was held in the format of an extended meeting of the Regional Council to support initiatives in the field of sustainable development. The Council includes representatives of the public and local authorities of Bykhov, Klichev, Krasnopolye, Slavgorod and Cherikov districts of Mogilev region, as well as members of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, representatives of the Economy Committee and the Department of Education of Mogilev Regional Executive Committee, Mogilev Regional Committee of Natural Resources, Program of Support to Belarus, project "Mayors for economic growth", Foundation for development of local communities, the Belarusian non-profit organizations from Minsk and other partners. 

The key result of the meeting was the approval of the road map of inter-district cooperation – " Regional Cooperation Plan to improve the sustainability of the five rural areas of Mogilev region for 2018-2020 with priorities until 2030" (hereinafter the Regional Plan), developed by the Regional Council during 2017-2018.

Also, at the meeting of the Council, the approaches to improve and increase the efficiency of regional cooperation for successful implementation of the approved Regional Plan were clarified. The partner districts will organize the work of a local development specialist, coordinate one of the thematic areas of the Regional Plan, and establish communication system for interaction. In connection with the appeals of Krichev, Khotimsk and Bobruisk districts, the issue of further expansion of regional cooperation and the entry of these areas into the Regional Council were considered. It is expected that a final decision on their joining to regional cooperation will be made in the near future.

To promote the interests of the regions and attract resources for their sustainable development, the participants agreed on the concept of presentation of the Regional Council at the conference on sustainable development, scheduled in Minsk on June 6-7, 2018.

In accordance with paragraph 9 of the Regulation on the Regional Council to support sustainable development initiatives, the Chairman of the Regional Council was rotated. For the next six months, the Chairmanship of the Regional Council passed to the Klichev distric, Mogilev region.

The event was held within the framework of the project "Network interaction and strategic planning of rural development of Mogilev region" with the financial support of the Dortmund International Educational Center at the expense of the Federal Government of Germany. The main motto of the Program of Support to Belarus is: "Stable Region - Strong Country". Increasing the sustainability of the South-Eastern areas of Mogilev region will contribute to improving the sustainability of the development of the Republic of Belarus, as well as to achievement of the UN sustainable development goals.