The BioCannDo project aims to help bridge awareness gaps, and inform about the potential and long-term benefits of a vibrant bioeconomy sector to the wider public.
It aims to show to the public that the bio-based economy offers something desirable, with new products, functionalities and day-to-day applications. The project runs until September 2019 and is funded by the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union's Horizon 2020 programme.
Find this and other inspiring projects on ENRD's Rural Bioeconomy Portal.
The web portals bring together inspiring initiatives, networks, tools, projects and organisations related to the three topics and are continuously expanded to include new materials.
The second meeting of the ENRD Thematic Group (TG) on 'Mainstreaming the Bioeconomy' (17 January 2019 - Brussels, Belgium) discussed different territorial and local approaches to developing bioeconomy in rural areas.
Different rural development stakeholders 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.
Send us your examples of small and medium size businesses, social enterprises, public or private initiatives contributing to the development of rural bioeconomy value chains and clusters in rural areas – please fill in our short survey by 31 January 2019!
The examples will feed into an inventory of European rural bioeconomy initiatives that will be widely disseminated - browse through our collection so far.
The Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) is planning to contract a service provider in the first quarter of 2019 to perform a pilot study on the participation of the agricultural sector in BBI JU.
The study should focus on business models, challenges and recommendations to enhance the impact on rural development. All detailed information is available on the BBI JU website.
Follow the ENRD thematic work on social media: join our Facebook Smart Villages Community and have a chat with us about rural #Bioeconomy on Twitter! Share your ideas, experience, initiatives or projects with us and others who are also interested in these topics.
Browse through our rich collection of materials on Smart Villages, more will be coming soon.
Several Horizon 2020 calls seeking to fund research and innovation projects on topics related to bio-based innovation and bioeconomy were launched in late October 2018 and will close on 23 January 2019.
Some of the call topics include: circular bio-based business models for rural communities (find here); sustainable wood value chains (find here); and boosting knowledge and innovation-based bioeconomies (find here).
The brief highlights, among others, that in 2015 the bioeconomy generated 4.2% of the gross domestic product (GDP) of the EU and employed 8.2% of the labour force.
Through identification and dissemination of best practices, the project aims to achieve economic (biomass market growth), environmental (contribution to the circular economy), and social (job creation) impacts by its completion in December 2020.
Find out more about research and innovation thematic networks on the EIP-AGRI website.