The second meeting of the Thematic Group (TG) on 'Mainstreaming the Bioeconomy' discussed different territorial and local approaches to developing bioeconomy in rural areas. In particular the meeting explored:
- The elements of an enabling local or regional environment for small and middle-sized rural bioeconomy enterprises in terms of rural services, infrastructure and support;
- Existing models to engage local or regional stakeholders (SMEs, farmers, municipalities, citizens, educational institutions, etc.) around rural bioeconomy platforms or clusters;
- How Rural Development Measures and regional development strategies can be deployed, possibly combining different support instruments, to support bioeconomy at local and regional levels.
The discussions underlined the need to reflect local-level needs and priorities in bioeconomy strategies, the potential of bottom-up approaches, as well as the need to increase awareness and understanding of the opportunities bioeconomy provides at all levels.
- TG objectives and structure of the day, Laura Jalasjoki, ENRD Contact Point
- Bioeconomy value chains and rural development - The role of RDPs, Ben Allen, ENRD CP/IEEP
- Bioeconomy from a very local development point of view, Hans Jørgen Jensen, LAG Bornholm, Denmark
- Local solutions to economic and environmental challenges in the Koppány Valley, Géza Gelencsér, Vox Vallis Development Association, Hungary
- Andalusian circular bioeconomy cluster, Eduardo Serrano, Delegation of the regional government of Andalucia in Brussels
- The cluster of bioenergy and environment of Western Macedonia, Vasilios Ambas, Cluster of Bioeconomy of West Macedonia, Greece
- Combining instruments to develop bioeconomy in Finland South Savo Region, Ossi Tuuliainen, Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment of South Savo, Finland
- The bioeconomy in France and in some regions - the Grand Est region example, Pascale Gaillot, Regional Council Grand Est region, France
- Example of a regional approach: combining structural funds to develop rural bioeconomy in South Savo region, Finland, based on contributions of Ossi Tuuliainen, Leading Expert, South Savo ELY Centre