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.
Bio-based innovation can potentially contribute to building a bioeconomy that will reduce dependence on fossil feedstocks and help to meet the EU’s climate goals, while at the same time relieving pressure on ecosystems and creating green jobs.
A recent ENRD workshop (8 November 2018 – Brussels, Belgium) explored ways of effectively identifying, collecting and disseminating project examples and good practices supported under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
The event was intended for representatives of the National Rural Network (NRN) support units who looked at the differing national approaches including on contacting project holders, adding value and capitalising on the collected examples, and effectively disseminating them.
Do you communicate about EU support to agriculture and rural development through the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)? Grants for information measures are now open – the deadline for submitting applications is 14 December 2018.
The European Commission seeks to fund a wide range of communication actions that explain and raise awareness of CAP support and engage with farmers and other rural actors.
How would you assess the impact of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on generational renewal, local development and jobs in rural areas? Fill in this short online survey by 26 November 2018.
The survey covers generational renewal in both agriculture and rural areas, looking at the various CAP Measures that can be used by EU Member States and regions to support it. The survey has been commissioned by the European Commission’s DG AGRI and is run by the Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI).
The ENRD Contact Point launched on 6 November 2018 a new online Rural Bioeconomy Portal collecting resources such as relevant documents, links to tools, projects and organisations related to bioeconomy.
The portal is part of the ENRD thematic work on ‘Mainstreaming the Bioeconomy’ and focuses on the challenges and opportunities for bioeconomy in European rural areas. It is freely accessible and allows users to suggest further contents. The portal will soon be available in French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish.
The studies address the following topics:
- CAP Strategic Plans beyond 2020: assessing the architecture in order to achieve the EU-wide objectives (read here);
- CAP support beyond 2020: assessing the future structure of direct payments and the rural development interventions in the light of the EU agricultural and environmental challenges (read here);
- Sectoral approach in the CAP beyond 2020 and possible options to improve the EU food value chain (read here).
The new document is a revision of the 2012 bioeconomy strategy and aims to improve and scale up the sustainable use of renewable resources to address global and local challenges such as climate change and sustainable development.
Twelve young farmers were recognised for setting up successful entrepreneurial projects, using rural development funding at the 2017-2018 edition of the annual ‘New success factors’ competition, organised by the Italian Rural Network support unit.
The award criteria, divided in the three broad categories of efficacy, transferability and sustainability, included technological innovation, international dimension and environmental protection. The top three winners are also the focus of short video documentaries – see a collection of award-winning practices from previous years.