Meet the winners of the Bioregions Open Innovation Challenge

On 3 July 2023, The European Forest Institute (EFI) announced the winners of the Bioregions Open Innovation Challenge, launched in December 2022. The three winners from Finland, Serbia and Spain will receive EUR 7,000 each to further develop their solutions. 

Here are the winners in alphabetical order: 

Biomonitoring station 

The biomonitoring station is a set of sensors and modules to collect, store and disseminate data on environmental stressors disturbing and damaging forest ecosystems. Some examples include monitoring air pollution, detecting early forest fires, and checking unwanted vehicles along forest roads. 

“This biomonitoring station aims to contribute to the integrity of forest-related data. Therefore, foresters become data providers of direct air pollution impact instead of end users. This tool can bring early warnings on agents of negative impact on forests that are closely connected to the effects of climate change,” said Dr Zoran Poduška, Institute of Forestry, Belgrade, Serbia and winner of the Open Innovation Challenge. 

Ozone sensor in a forest. Hand holding it is Zoran Poduška from Serbia and winner of the bioregions open innovation challenge
Ozone sensor from biomonitoring station. Image courtesy of Zoran Poduška.

Förecast 

Förecast is a forest intelligence tool that estimates carbon stock availability in the forest and measures other forest variables using remote sensing (LiDAR + satellite) and artificial intelligence developed by the Spanish company Föra. 

“Carbon is one of the most important forest variables nowadays; estimating forest carbon is of utmost importance to create stable markets through forest knowledge and scientific soundness,” says Iñigo Lizarralde, CEO of Föra. 

5 people in an office. 4 are chatting: 2 men and 2 women. One man is on the desk looking at a laptop screen. Föra team was one of the winners of the bioregions open innovation challenge.
Föra team. Image courtesy of Iñigo Lizarralde.

This carbon estimation tool can be used as input for forest scenarios where wood products and carbon sequestration over their life cycle are included. They also offer change detection for vegetation disturbance, allowing for transparent carbon stock monitoring – assuring the market offers verifiable carbon offsets along the established offsetting period. 

ZertiCarbon app 

ZertiCarbon, a company that offers certified carbon sink solutions using blockchain technology, is dedicated to advancing climate-smart forestry solutions, connecting forest owners with companies interested in neutralising carbon emissions.

Group of eight people in the forest next to a harvesting machine.
ZertiCarbon team. Image courtesy of Panu Torniainen.

By digitising forests and using advanced technologies like drone scanning, LiDAR, machine learning, augmented reality, and AI to analyse the forest’s carbon sinks, the Finnish company ZertiCarbon provides a system where individuals and companies can offset their carbon emissions by purchasing carbon credits. 

ZertiCarbon plans to scale up its solution by focusing on conducting research and developing carbon sink projects in Catalonia and Euskadi. 

According to co-founder and managing director Panu Torniainen, “Access to these regions allows us to establish partnerships with landowners, implement advanced technologies and create transparent and reliable carbon offsetting systems that benefit both the environment and local communities.” 

Quotes from the winners about their solutions have been edited for content and clarity. 

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Image by Daniela from Pixabay.

Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024 as it happened

Available in German

Hosted in Lemgo, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, the Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024 featured ten forest bioeconomy innovations focused on moving the green transition and eight amazing keynote speakers and panellists from the research, government, private, and public sectors, attracting participants interested in learning more about forest bioeconomy innovations.

“The Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024 occurred at a crucial moment as we progress towards a green transition, needing circular bioeconomy solutions. European regions are working on “defossilisation” and “biologisation” of their main economic sectors, seizing opportunities in research, innovation, and technology to tackle the challenges related to the advancement of a bio-based sustainable economy,” said Inazio Martinez de Arano from the European Forest Institute and coordinator of the Bioregions Facility.

Across three sessions, the networking event promoted conversations through compelling presentations, innovation pitches and panel discussions on new opportunities for forest owners, advanced circular bio-based solutions, and initiatives supporting bioeconomy.

Leading the change in sustainable solutions

Through the event, a clear message was observed: we need to innovate to reshape the current economy and adjust to climate change. Here are some quotes:

“We are here in North Rhine-Westphalia in a hotspot region concerning bark beetle attack and loss of spruce and pine trees. The Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024 shows excellent innovation to overcome these challenges along the value chain – from the forest to the use of wood,” said Stefanie Wieland from Wald und Holz NRW.

“The Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024 is a major event focused on forest-based bioeconomy issues – it is a very important date. We have been glad to have the event here in this area. Usually, all these events occur in densely populated areas,” said Roland Daamen from the Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

“Innovation in the forest economy is, in my opinion, really important, especially regarding the climate change we are currently encountering. We have to innovate in many ways: how we use the forest, how we use the material that comes from the forest, and the value chains from the forest to the final use of the material. I think there are many, many contact points where innovation is necessary,” said Martin Hackel from OWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts (TH OWL).

“I think we need a lot of innovation that will get the transformation to the bioeconomical industry. In the bioeconomy, we need a lot of innovation because we do not have enough biomass or enough resources without any innovations; our products must be much more efficient than they are today. I think it is one of the key points here. It does not depend on the product type, so I think all or almost all products have to be much more material efficient. For example, houses are made of less material. It was fantastic to see that totally different regions in Europe have the same questions and ideas, and we can learn a lot from each other. There were very good discussions with people that I had never met before, I had never heard before, but I realised that we think the same. This was very inspiring for me, and I think there will be a lot of later connections, and perhaps we will work together after this event,” said Katja Frühwald-König from TH OWL.

The Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024 wouldn’t be possible without the great support of its organisers: the European Forest Institute – Bioregions FacilityLandesbetrieb Wald und Holz NRWOWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts (TH OWL), Smart Wood Center OWL, and CO2Bau.

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Quotes were edited for content and clarity. 

Metsä Wood

Metsä Wood: Innovative way of combining concrete with Kerto® LVL

Metsä Wood is an engineered wood products manufacturer that is part of the Metsä Group. The company processes sustainable wood raw materials into sustainable, material-efficient products for construction, industrial, and distribution customers. Its primary products include Kerto® Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL), birch and spruce plywood, and upgraded wood products. Kerto® LVL is a strong, rigid, and lightweight Laminated Veneer Lumber made from bonded softwood veneers, used in various construction projects and customisable into beams, planks, or panels. Additionally, the company offers services related to supply chain and digital solutions, sustainability, technical support, and research and development (R&D). Metsä Wood plays a relevant role in wood processing innovation, contributing to advancements in infrastructure construction and interior design.

Contact information

Kalle Ikonen, Manager, Corporate Affairs – European Union, Metsä Group (Espoo, Finland)

📧 Kalle.ikonen @ metsagroup.com 🔗 LinkedIn 🌐 Website

Type of solution

  • Alternative material
  • Product innovation
  • Technological innovation

Impact sector

  • Infrastructure
  • Construction and interior
  • Wood and cork
  • Wood processing

Content: Metsä Wood: Innovative way of combining concrete with Kerto® LVL

Related to: Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024

Publisher: Bioregions Facility

Year: 2024

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Metsä Wood
Kerto® LVL is a strong, rigid, and lightweight Laminated Veneer Lumber made from bonded softwood veneers, used in various construction projects.
Nature2Bond
The Nature2Bond project has developed an innovative method to produce 100% bio-based, sustainable, and non-toxic bio-glues.
CARpenTiER and WoodC.A.R.
CircuLignum seeks to enhance the sustainability of wood use by leveraging expertise in industrial engineering, digitalisation, and wood technology.
CircuLignum
CircuLignum seeks to enhance the sustainability of wood use by leveraging expertise in industrial engineering, digitalisation, and wood technology.
Strong by form
Strong by form is focused on creating technological innovations within the construction, interiors and automotive industries.
Land Life
Land Life is a technology-driven reforestation company that plants trees on a large scale
WOWnature
WOWnature is a web-based platform that contribute to growing new forests and preserving existing ones by planting and adopting trees.
Ecobase
Ecobase is a company specialised in developing afforestation and forestry carbon projects in Europe.
Ecosystem Value Alliance Foundation
Ecosystem Value Alliance Foundation (eva foundation) is dedicated to enhancing the value of ecosystem services and promoting private investments in forest adaptation.
MicoQR
MicoQR is a mobile Android app developed by Cesefor that enables traceability and guarantees the legality of the purchase and sale of wild mushrooms.

Nature2Bond

Nature2Bond: Bio-based sustainable adhesive system

The Nature2Bond project has developed an innovative method to produce 100% bio-based, sustainable, and non-toxic bio-glues. These bio-glues have the potential to replace fossil-based adhesives, such as those containing formaldehyde, in the production of engineered wood panels. This method aligns with European Union requirements for eco-friendly products throughout their life cycle, as the materials can be recycled and reused. Nature2Bond’s bio-adhesive matches the performance of current exterior-grade adhesives and meets the stringent standards required for plywood and Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL). This method leverages forest industry side streams, making it both sustainable and efficient. At the current stage of the project, industrial cooperation is crucial to identify specific applications and tailor the bio-glues for practical use.

Contact information

Anuj Kumar, Senior Scientist, Luke Natural Resources Institute Finland (Helsinki, Finland)

📧 anuj.kumar @ luke.fi 🔗 LinkedIn 🌐 Website

Type of solution

  • Alternative material
  • Circularity
  • Product innovation

Impact sector

  • Biomaterials
  • Biorefinery
  • Infrastructure
  • Construction and interior
  • Wood and cork
  • Wood processing

Content: Nature2Bond: Bio-based sustainable adhesive system

Related to: Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024

Publisher: Bioregions Facility

Year: 2024

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Metsä Wood
Kerto® LVL is a strong, rigid, and lightweight Laminated Veneer Lumber made from bonded softwood veneers, used in various construction projects.
Nature2Bond
The Nature2Bond project has developed an innovative method to produce 100% bio-based, sustainable, and non-toxic bio-glues.
CARpenTiER and WoodC.A.R.
CircuLignum seeks to enhance the sustainability of wood use by leveraging expertise in industrial engineering, digitalisation, and wood technology.
CircuLignum
CircuLignum seeks to enhance the sustainability of wood use by leveraging expertise in industrial engineering, digitalisation, and wood technology.
Strong by form
Strong by form is focused on creating technological innovations within the construction, interiors and automotive industries.
Land Life
Land Life is a technology-driven reforestation company that plants trees on a large scale
WOWnature
WOWnature is a web-based platform that contribute to growing new forests and preserving existing ones by planting and adopting trees.
Ecobase
Ecobase is a company specialised in developing afforestation and forestry carbon projects in Europe.
Ecosystem Value Alliance Foundation
Ecosystem Value Alliance Foundation (eva foundation) is dedicated to enhancing the value of ecosystem services and promoting private investments in forest adaptation.
MicoQR
MicoQR is a mobile Android app developed by Cesefor that enables traceability and guarantees the legality of the purchase and sale of wild mushrooms.

CARpenTiER and WoodC.A.R.

CARpenTiER and WoodC.A.R.: Innovative wood applications in automotive engineering

CARpenTiER and WoodC.A.R. projects focus on innovative applications of wood in automotive and mechanical engineering. CARpenTiER aims to develop production technologies for wood-based hybrid structures, using materials like laminated wood and natural fibre-reinforced composites, reducing weight by 10–40% and lowering emissions. It emphasises process development and dynamic control through digital twins. WoodC.A.R. (Computer Aided Research) aims to develop new wood applications in the automotive sector, strengthening the timber and mobility industries. Through cross-innovation, the project advances virtual calculation methods and simulation techniques, accelerating product development and highlighting wood as a high-performance, lightweight material. Both projects are supported by consortia of academic and industrial partners, funded by initiatives like the COMET programme, to promote sustainability and innovation in the mobility sector.

Contact information

Thomas Krenke, Innovationszentrum-Weiz (Graz, Austria)

📧 thomas.krenke @ innovationszentrum-weiz.at 🔗 LinkedIn 🌐 Website

Type of solution

  • Alternative material
  • Product innovation
  • Technological innovation

Impact sector

  • Biomaterials
  • Infrastructure
  • Construction and interior
  • Wood and cork
  • Wood processing

Content: CARpenTiER and WoodC.A.R.: Innovative wood applications in automotive engineering

Related to: Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024

Publisher: Bioregions Facility

Year: 2024

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Metsä Wood
Kerto® LVL is a strong, rigid, and lightweight Laminated Veneer Lumber made from bonded softwood veneers, used in various construction projects.
Nature2Bond
The Nature2Bond project has developed an innovative method to produce 100% bio-based, sustainable, and non-toxic bio-glues.
CARpenTiER and WoodC.A.R.
CircuLignum seeks to enhance the sustainability of wood use by leveraging expertise in industrial engineering, digitalisation, and wood technology.
CircuLignum
CircuLignum seeks to enhance the sustainability of wood use by leveraging expertise in industrial engineering, digitalisation, and wood technology.
Strong by form
Strong by form is focused on creating technological innovations within the construction, interiors and automotive industries.
Land Life
Land Life is a technology-driven reforestation company that plants trees on a large scale
WOWnature
WOWnature is a web-based platform that contribute to growing new forests and preserving existing ones by planting and adopting trees.
Ecobase
Ecobase is a company specialised in developing afforestation and forestry carbon projects in Europe.
Ecosystem Value Alliance Foundation
Ecosystem Value Alliance Foundation (eva foundation) is dedicated to enhancing the value of ecosystem services and promoting private investments in forest adaptation.
MicoQR
MicoQR is a mobile Android app developed by Cesefor that enables traceability and guarantees the legality of the purchase and sale of wild mushrooms.

CircuLignum

CircuLignum: Changing the economy in small steps

CircuLignum is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting circular economy principles in wood processing. The organisation includes students, professors, and staff from the Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences (TH OWL) in Germany. The initiative aims to encourage sustainable practices in the use of wood and wood-based materials, facilitating the transition from a linear to a circular economy. Through innovation, education, and collaboration, CircuLignum seeks to enhance the sustainability of wood use by leveraging expertise in industrial engineering, digitalisation, and wood technology. The organisation is focused on creating an online portal that allows individuals to obtain production residues from the furniture supply industry, such as chipboard and fibreboard, for non-commercial use and private projects in exchange for small donations. These materials are sourced from regional partners affiliated with industrial partners in Ostwestfalen-Lippe. This initiative aligns with the principles of circularity and involves developing the platform as an innovative service in the wood sector.

Contact information

Noemi König and Martin Tremmel, CircuLignum (Lemgo, Germany)

📧 koenig @ circulignum.de 📧 tremmel @ circulignum.de 🌐 Website

Type of solution

  • Collaboration and stakeholder engagement
  • Communication and awareness
  • Circularity
  • Logistical innovation
  • Process innovation

Impact sector

  • Forest education and research
  • Non-wood forest products
  • Wood and cork
  • Wood processing

Content: CircuLignum: Changing the economy in small steps

Related to: Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024

Publisher: Bioregions Facility

Year: 2024

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Metsä Wood
Kerto® LVL is a strong, rigid, and lightweight Laminated Veneer Lumber made from bonded softwood veneers, used in various construction projects.
Nature2Bond
The Nature2Bond project has developed an innovative method to produce 100% bio-based, sustainable, and non-toxic bio-glues.
CARpenTiER and WoodC.A.R.
CircuLignum seeks to enhance the sustainability of wood use by leveraging expertise in industrial engineering, digitalisation, and wood technology.
CircuLignum
CircuLignum seeks to enhance the sustainability of wood use by leveraging expertise in industrial engineering, digitalisation, and wood technology.
Strong by form
Strong by form is focused on creating technological innovations within the construction, interiors and automotive industries.
Land Life
Land Life is a technology-driven reforestation company that plants trees on a large scale
WOWnature
WOWnature is a web-based platform that contribute to growing new forests and preserving existing ones by planting and adopting trees.
Ecobase
Ecobase is a company specialised in developing afforestation and forestry carbon projects in Europe.
Ecosystem Value Alliance Foundation
Ecosystem Value Alliance Foundation (eva foundation) is dedicated to enhancing the value of ecosystem services and promoting private investments in forest adaptation.
MicoQR
MicoQR is a mobile Android app developed by Cesefor that enables traceability and guarantees the legality of the purchase and sale of wild mushrooms.

Strong by form

Strong by form: High-performance bio-composites

Strong by form is a tech start-up focused on creating technological innovations within the construction, interiors and automotive industries to ensure societal advancement in alignment with environmental considerations. The developed technology, Woodflow, generates lightweight structural solutions using timber-based biocomposites. These materials have the potential to replace steel and concrete in industries such as infrastructure and mobility while reducing both weight and environmental footprint. Their design-to-manufacturing technology harnesses the natural strength of tree structures in engineered wood, blending digital design, structural optimisation, and fabrication to create lightweight yet high-performance structural wood-based composite parts. This innovative technology opens new possibilities for design, allowing the creation of modern interiors using the natural warmth of wood.

Contact information

Andres Mitnik, CEO and co-founder, Strong by Form (Madrid, Spain; Stuttgart, Germany; HQ: Santiago, Chile)

📧 amitnik @ strongbyform.com 🔗 LinkedIn 🌐 Website

Type of solution

  • Alternative material
  • Product innovation
  • Technological innovation

Impact sector

  • Biomaterials
  • Infrastructure
  • Construction and interior
  • Wood and cork
  • Wood processing

Content: Strong by form: High-performance bio-composites

Related to: Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024

Publisher: Bioregions Facility

Year: 2024

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Metsä Wood
Kerto® LVL is a strong, rigid, and lightweight Laminated Veneer Lumber made from bonded softwood veneers, used in various construction projects.
Nature2Bond
The Nature2Bond project has developed an innovative method to produce 100% bio-based, sustainable, and non-toxic bio-glues.
CARpenTiER and WoodC.A.R.
CircuLignum seeks to enhance the sustainability of wood use by leveraging expertise in industrial engineering, digitalisation, and wood technology.
CircuLignum
CircuLignum seeks to enhance the sustainability of wood use by leveraging expertise in industrial engineering, digitalisation, and wood technology.
Strong by form
Strong by form is focused on creating technological innovations within the construction, interiors and automotive industries.
Land Life
Land Life is a technology-driven reforestation company that plants trees on a large scale
WOWnature
WOWnature is a web-based platform that contribute to growing new forests and preserving existing ones by planting and adopting trees.
Ecobase
Ecobase is a company specialised in developing afforestation and forestry carbon projects in Europe.
Ecosystem Value Alliance Foundation
Ecosystem Value Alliance Foundation (eva foundation) is dedicated to enhancing the value of ecosystem services and promoting private investments in forest adaptation.
MicoQR
MicoQR is a mobile Android app developed by Cesefor that enables traceability and guarantees the legality of the purchase and sale of wild mushrooms.

Land Life

Land Life: High-integrity nature restoration at scale

Land Life is a technology-driven reforestation company that plants trees on a large scale; it offers businesses and individuals a transparent, sustainable method of combating climate change and offsetting carbon emissions by restoring nature. By combining cutting-edge tools and data analytics, Land Life aims to quantify and monitor the carbon sequestration potential of reforestation and ecosystem restoration projects to enhance biodiversity, improve groundwater flows, and stabilise the soil. The company has developed a prediction model that provides data on carbon capture and nature impact projections. Land Life employs remote sensing, which involves using satellites and aerial imagery to gather detailed information about land cover and vegetation. It also uses modelling techniques to extrapolate carbon measurements and predict future outcomes. The technology for carbon measurement and modelling used by Land Life not only facilitates accurate quantification of carbon sequestration but also contributes to ongoing research and knowledge sharing. The company follows international standards and protocols for carbon accounting, such as those outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).

Contact information

Jessie Hurst, Chief Operating Officer, Land Life (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

📧 j.hurst @ landlifecompany.com 🔗 LinkedIn 🌐 Website

Type of solution

  • Collaboration and stakeholder engagement
  • Forest assessment and monitoring
  • Modelling and forecasting

Impact sector

  • Forest education and research
  • Forest management
  • Forest operations

Content: Land Life: High-integrity nature restoration at scale

Related to: Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024

Publisher: Bioregions Facility

Year: 2024

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Metsä Wood
Kerto® LVL is a strong, rigid, and lightweight Laminated Veneer Lumber made from bonded softwood veneers, used in various construction projects.
Nature2Bond
The Nature2Bond project has developed an innovative method to produce 100% bio-based, sustainable, and non-toxic bio-glues.
CARpenTiER and WoodC.A.R.
CircuLignum seeks to enhance the sustainability of wood use by leveraging expertise in industrial engineering, digitalisation, and wood technology.
CircuLignum
CircuLignum seeks to enhance the sustainability of wood use by leveraging expertise in industrial engineering, digitalisation, and wood technology.
Strong by form
Strong by form is focused on creating technological innovations within the construction, interiors and automotive industries.
Land Life
Land Life is a technology-driven reforestation company that plants trees on a large scale
WOWnature
WOWnature is a web-based platform that contribute to growing new forests and preserving existing ones by planting and adopting trees.
Ecobase
Ecobase is a company specialised in developing afforestation and forestry carbon projects in Europe.
Ecosystem Value Alliance Foundation
Ecosystem Value Alliance Foundation (eva foundation) is dedicated to enhancing the value of ecosystem services and promoting private investments in forest adaptation.
MicoQR
MicoQR is a mobile Android app developed by Cesefor that enables traceability and guarantees the legality of the purchase and sale of wild mushrooms.

WOWnature

WOWnature: Post-natural disturbances forest restoration through private funding

WOWnature is a web-based platform that allows citizens, organisations, and businesses to contribute to the growth of new forests and preserve existing ones by planting and adopting trees. The project adheres to forest management standards, including Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification, ensuring that conservation efforts are carried out responsibly and sustainably. The initiative is promoted by Etifor, a spin-off of the University of Padua in Italy, dedicated to promoting environmental protection and sustainability. WOWnature modernises and improves various aspects of forestry operations, offering solutions that enable stakeholders to play an active role in forest conservation, restoration, and management efforts. The project embodies innovative solutions on multiple fronts, including communication and awareness, collaboration and stakeholder engagement to address environmental challenges and promote sustainable forest management practices.

Contact information

Federico Corrò, Forestry Project Officer, Etifor (Padua, Italy)

📧 federico.corro @ etifor.com 🔗 LinkedIn 🌐 Website

Type of solution

  • Certification and traceability
  • Collaboration and stakeholder engagement
  • Communication and awareness
  • Forest management and monitoring

Impact sector

  • Forest education and research
  • Forest management
  • Forest operations

Content: WOWnature: Post-natural disturbances forest restoration through private funding

Related to: Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024

Publisher: Bioregions Facility

Year: 2024

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Metsä Wood
Kerto® LVL is a strong, rigid, and lightweight Laminated Veneer Lumber made from bonded softwood veneers, used in various construction projects.
Nature2Bond
The Nature2Bond project has developed an innovative method to produce 100% bio-based, sustainable, and non-toxic bio-glues.
CARpenTiER and WoodC.A.R.
CircuLignum seeks to enhance the sustainability of wood use by leveraging expertise in industrial engineering, digitalisation, and wood technology.
CircuLignum
CircuLignum seeks to enhance the sustainability of wood use by leveraging expertise in industrial engineering, digitalisation, and wood technology.
Strong by form
Strong by form is focused on creating technological innovations within the construction, interiors and automotive industries.
Land Life
Land Life is a technology-driven reforestation company that plants trees on a large scale
WOWnature
WOWnature is a web-based platform that contribute to growing new forests and preserving existing ones by planting and adopting trees.
Ecobase
Ecobase is a company specialised in developing afforestation and forestry carbon projects in Europe.
Ecosystem Value Alliance Foundation
Ecosystem Value Alliance Foundation (eva foundation) is dedicated to enhancing the value of ecosystem services and promoting private investments in forest adaptation.
MicoQR
MicoQR is a mobile Android app developed by Cesefor that enables traceability and guarantees the legality of the purchase and sale of wild mushrooms.

Ecobase

Ecobase: Increase afforestation activity and development of forestry carbon projects across Europe

Ecobase is a company specialised in developing afforestation and forestry carbon projects in Europe. The initiative is dedicated to assisting European landowners in accessing carbon finance to accelerate afforestation and reforestation activities and enhance carbon sequestration in existing forests. The company’s pan-European afforestation project aims to establish a large carbon sink by planting trees on unused land, removing carbon from the atmosphere. Ecobase aims to advance its platform capabilities and develop new services. The company aims to support landowners in their forest carbon initiatives, from the establishment of new forests to the enhancement of current practices, through its Afforestation, Reforestation, Revegetation (ARR) and Improved Forest Management (IFM) projects. As Ecobase evolves, it aims to establish itself as an adviser and developer of carbon projects for landowners. This approach ensures that they can provide landowners with a range of options for generating income from their carbon projects. The company works with buyers to offer different solutions, including carbon credit offtake and pre-financing. Ecobase also develops and manages a client portal for its landowners, as well as oversees the monitoring, reporting and verification processes required for the certification of carbon credits. The Ecobase ARR project is being registered with Verra’s Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).

Contact information

Jaan Sepping, CEO and Founder, Ecobase (Tallinn, Estonia)

📧 jaan @ ecobase.earth 🔗 LinkedIn 🌐 Website

Type of solution

  • Business model innovation
  • Certification and traceability
  • Forest management and monitoring
  • Service innovation

Impact sector

  • Carbon markets/carbon farming
  • Ecosystem services
  • Forest management

Content: Ecobase: Increase afforestation activity and development of forestry carbon projects across Europe

Related to: Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024

Publisher: Bioregions Facility

Year: 2024

Learn more

Metsä Wood
Kerto® LVL is a strong, rigid, and lightweight Laminated Veneer Lumber made from bonded softwood veneers, used in various construction projects.
Nature2Bond
The Nature2Bond project has developed an innovative method to produce 100% bio-based, sustainable, and non-toxic bio-glues.
CARpenTiER and WoodC.A.R.
CircuLignum seeks to enhance the sustainability of wood use by leveraging expertise in industrial engineering, digitalisation, and wood technology.
CircuLignum
CircuLignum seeks to enhance the sustainability of wood use by leveraging expertise in industrial engineering, digitalisation, and wood technology.
Strong by form
Strong by form is focused on creating technological innovations within the construction, interiors and automotive industries.
Land Life
Land Life is a technology-driven reforestation company that plants trees on a large scale
WOWnature
WOWnature is a web-based platform that contribute to growing new forests and preserving existing ones by planting and adopting trees.
Ecobase
Ecobase is a company specialised in developing afforestation and forestry carbon projects in Europe.
Ecosystem Value Alliance Foundation
Ecosystem Value Alliance Foundation (eva foundation) is dedicated to enhancing the value of ecosystem services and promoting private investments in forest adaptation.
MicoQR
MicoQR is a mobile Android app developed by Cesefor that enables traceability and guarantees the legality of the purchase and sale of wild mushrooms.

Ecosystem Value Alliance Foundation

Ecosystem Value Alliance Foundation: Rewarding climate protection through investment in forest adaptation

Ecosystem Value Association (eva foundation) is dedicated to enhancing the value of ecosystem services, ensuring that the preservation of natural landscapes benefits everyone, and making conservation economically advantageous. The company achieves its mission by developing scientifically sound, digital, and scalable standards. These standards enable the monetisation of ecosystem services, incentivising sustainable practices and fostering environmental stewardship. One of the foundation’s flagship initiatives is the Forest Climate Standard, which establishes a benchmark for forest quality based on climate resilience and creates tradeable certificates. By selling ecosystem certificates, eva foundation promotes private investments in forest adaptation. Through trading these certificates on the voluntary market, forest owners can earn revenue by leveraging the ecosystem services of their forests. This approach not only supports environmental protection but also fosters economic prosperity by facilitating private-sector investment in climate-resilient forests.

Contact information

Elias Raiser, Value Chain Manager, Ecosystem Value Alliance Foundation (Bonn, Germany)

📧 elias.raiser @ ecosystemvalue.org 🔗 LinkedIn 🌐 Website

Type of solution

  • Business model innovation
  • Certification and traceability
  • Forest management and monitoring
  • Service innovation

Impact sector

  • Carbon markets/carbon farming
  • Ecosystem services
  • Forest management

Content: Ecosystem Value Alliance Foundation: Rewarding climate protection through investment in forest adaptation

Related to: Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024

Publisher: Bioregions Facility

Year: 2024

Learn more

Metsä Wood
Kerto® LVL is a strong, rigid, and lightweight Laminated Veneer Lumber made from bonded softwood veneers, used in various construction projects.
Nature2Bond
The Nature2Bond project has developed an innovative method to produce 100% bio-based, sustainable, and non-toxic bio-glues.
CARpenTiER and WoodC.A.R.
CircuLignum seeks to enhance the sustainability of wood use by leveraging expertise in industrial engineering, digitalisation, and wood technology.
CircuLignum
CircuLignum seeks to enhance the sustainability of wood use by leveraging expertise in industrial engineering, digitalisation, and wood technology.
Strong by form
Strong by form is focused on creating technological innovations within the construction, interiors and automotive industries.
Land Life
Land Life is a technology-driven reforestation company that plants trees on a large scale
WOWnature
WOWnature is a web-based platform that contribute to growing new forests and preserving existing ones by planting and adopting trees.
Ecobase
Ecobase is a company specialised in developing afforestation and forestry carbon projects in Europe.
Ecosystem Value Alliance Foundation
Ecosystem Value Alliance Foundation (eva foundation) is dedicated to enhancing the value of ecosystem services and promoting private investments in forest adaptation.
MicoQR
MicoQR is a mobile Android app developed by Cesefor that enables traceability and guarantees the legality of the purchase and sale of wild mushrooms.

MicoQR

MicoQR: Mobile app for traceable mushroom supply management

MicoQR is a mobile Android app developed by Cesefor that enables traceability and guarantees the legality of the purchase and sale of wild mushrooms. Through the application, mushroom buying and selling companies can register their purchases of fresh mushrooms in the field, print delivery notes, batch labels for the boxes, and manage everything from the office. A technician can search, edit, and export purchases and lots on their platform, identifying them by their reference printed on the labels and delivery notes. The initiative promotes sustainable foraging practices, advocating for responsible management of mushroom resources. Operating within the food product sector, Cesefor focuses on digital operations and traceability. Its traceability features allow businesses to monitor mushrooms’ journey from forest to market, ensuring transparency and accountability across the supply chain. By recording purchases and generating detailed lot labels, the app facilitates quality control, ensuring fresher and safer mushrooms for consumers. Forest owners also benefit from MicoQR by potentially creating economic opportunities. These include making partnerships with mushroom-buying companies, ensuring compliance assurance, and reducing the risk of illegal harvesting activities, thus contributing to the long-term health of the area.

Contact information

Pablo Sabín, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Cesefor (Soria, Spain)

📧 pablo.sabin @ cesefor.com 🔗 LinkedIn 🌐 Website

Type of solution

  • Business model innovation
  • Certification and traceability
  • Logistical innovation
  • Service innovation

Impact sector

  • Food and feed
  • Forest operations
  • Non-wood forest products

Content: MicoQR: Mobile app for traceable mushroom supply management

Related to: Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024

Publisher: Bioregions Facility

Year: 2024

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