Bio-based strategies and roadmaps for enhanced rural and regional development in the EU

Felix Colmorgen, Cosette Khawaja, Dominik Rutz, Holger Gerdes, Zoritza Kiresiewa, Gerardo Anzaldúa, John Tarpey, Jenny Tröltzsch, Sara Davies, Stefan Kah, Elsa João, Neli Georgieva, Boris Mannhardt, Ines Herlitze, Clément Robijns, Martin Stoyanov, Ludmila Metzova, Iliana Pavlova, Emilija Mihajloska, Vladimir GjorgievskiNatasa Markovska, Neven Duic, Carmen Pauna, Raluca Iorgulescu, Tiberiu Diaconescu, Daniel Cosnita, Mihaela Simonescu, Dagnija Lazdina, Kristaps Makovskis, Santa Neimane, Marcin Rakowski, Olga Szulecka, Adam Mytlewski, Dorota Skrzynska

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The BE-Rural project supports the establishment of regional and local bio-based economies by involving relevant actors in the development of bioeconomy strategies and roadmaps. The target regions of BE-Rural are in Eastern and Southeastern Europe: Stara Zagora (Bulgaria), Szczecin Lagoon and Vistula Lagoon (Poland), Strumica (North Macedonia), Covasna (Romania) as well as Vidzeme and Kurzeme (Latvia). The characteristics of the selected regions are analysed, best practices identified, and suitable business models defined. This analysis will help to assess the 'bioeconomy potential' of each selected region. Based on that, a series of regional Open Innovation Platforms will be implemented to kick-start the co-creation process, bringing together key stakeholders from academia, policy, business, and civil society to develop ideas and capitalize on their bioeconomy potential. These activities include research & innovation capacity building workshops, educational seminars and webinars, summer schools and bio-based Pop-up stores. A knowledge network will be established to share knowledge, lessons learned and best practices from the Open Innovation Platforms at an inter-regional level, to close the information gap on issues related to sustainability and to increase capacities of regional authorities and stakeholders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)982-986
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Biomass Conference and Exhibition Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jul 2020
Event28th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, e-EUBCE 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 6 Jul 20209 Jul 2020


  • bio-based value chains
  • bioeconomy
  • business models
  • co-creation
  • inclusiveness
  • regional policy
  • stakeholder involvement
  • sustainability


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