Assessment of the development of forest-based bioeconomy in European regions

A new open- access paper “Assessment of the Development of Forest-Based Bioeconomy in European Regions” has been published in Sustainability as part of the Special Issue Bioeconomy, Circular Economy and Sustainability. The article was led by NEIKER BRTA, with support of the Bioregions Facility’s secretariat, and is based on interviews with experts from the three founding members who inaugurated the Bioregions Facility in 2020: Basque Country (Spain), North Karelia (Finland) and North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany).

In recent years, the potential of the forest-based bioeconomy to provide competitiveness, differentiation, and sustainability to the European economy has often been claimed. Interestingly, regions, as territorial units with their own political and socioeconomic strategies, have been highlighted as the most suitable targets for the development of the European forest-based bioeconomy.

Barañano et al., using the case method, have evaluated the development of the forest-based bioeconomy in three European regions (i.e., North Karelia, North Rhine-Westphalia and Basque Country), by appraising the status of 10 previously identified key drivers through primary (interviews with experts) and secondary (literature review) sources of information.

In the analysis, North Karelia and the Basque Country obtained the highest and lowest score, respectively, with regard to forest-based bioeconomy development. In any case, for the successful development of the forest-based bioeconomy in a European region, it is essential to accept the unnegotiable, critically, of the long-term sustainability of forest bioresources and production processes, as well as the need to foster the required changes in consumption patterns.

Reference: Barañano, L., Unamunzaga, O., Garbisu, N., Briers, S., Orfanidou, T., Schmid, B., Martínez de Arano, I., Araujo, A., Garbisu, C. Assessment of the Development of Forest-Based Bioeconomy in European Regions. Sustainability. 2022; 14(8):4747.

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EGURALT project promotes the use of wood in building construction

The Interreg SUDOE project EGURALT aims to identify and apply new processes and technologies for the optimal use of wood, as a local and renewable product, in the construction of mid-rise buildings.

The EGURALT Consortium will work in a coordinated way in the following areas: the promotion of public housing in wooden buildings, the development of new technological products in wood and the transformation of the wood sector, which are necessary aspects of the paradigm shift in construction in the SUDOE area, towards a more sustainable construction based on the use of wood as a local and renewable product. This exchange of knowledge will enable the application of new products, processes and technologies, and thanks to its dissemination, the knowledge accumulation, the awareness of society and the international positioning of the participating agents and entities.

Planned activities include three transnational roundtables, seven study visits, a guide on timber construction, regional workshops and a seminar in April 2023.

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Basque BioDesign Center for biodesign, circular economy and the fasion industry.

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BDC was born with the ambition of being a place of learning to encourage and nurture new practices based on the development and prototyping of new materials and designs made from agricultural/livestock/food waste. As part of their activities, BDC provides education and training courses ranging from workshops with specific themes to a postgraduate.

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