Innovation for place-based transformations

Climate change, such as more intense and frequent wildfires, floods, and droughts underscores the urgency of addressing these challenges. In addition, biodiversity loss, deforestation, gender and income inequality are increasing the complex situation. These complex issues need to be addressed now. But how to address them?

The answer lies in adopting new tools, mindsets and approaches are required. This report focuses on different strategies and different organisations, sectors, and actors, transcending boundaries. 

The “Innovation for place-based transformations” publication contains three core sections: “Actionbook to build partnership for fair green and digital transitions”, “Collection of practices” and “Tools for action”.

Content: Innovation for place-based transformations

Author(s): Bianchi Guia; Matti Cristian; Pontikakis Dimitrios; Reimeris Ramojus; Haegeman Karel Herman; Miedzinski Michal; Sillero Illanes Carmen; Mifsud Solange; Sasso Simone; Bol Erica; Marques Santos Anabela; Andreoni Antonio; Janssen Matthijs; Saublens Christian; Stefanov Ruslan; Tolias Yannis

Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union

Year: 2024

Vision 2040 of the European Forest-based Sector

The European forest-based sector, a cornerstone of Europe’s bioeconomy, has a long history of providing for the needs of a growing population. Based on sustainable forest management and offering renewable products that don’t compete with food production over land use it creates several opportunities that should be further developed.

  • This publication presents the long-term goals and targets of the forest-based sector in Europe, which aims to provide solutions to global challenges and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • How the forest-based sector can help reduce pollution, provide renewable energy, create economic and social links between urban and rural areas, achieve higher productivity and innovation, make sustainable buildings and consumption, and conserve and use natural resources efficiently.
  • Current and potential benefits of the forest-based sector, such as providing renewable raw materials, non-wood forest goods and services, green electricity and biofuels, new fibre-based products, and innovative technologies and processes.
  • Strategic research and innovation agenda (SRA) of the Forest-based Sector Technology Platform (FTP), which identifies the key areas and actions needed to achieve the vision. It also highlights the role of FTP as a focal point for stakeholder collaboration and policy support.

Content: Vision 2040 of the European Forest-based Sector

Publisher: Forest-based Sector Technology Platform (FTP)

Year: 2019

The European biomass puzzle

This report looks at how biomass can help us reach our climate and environmental objectives, and how climate change might affect the EU’s biomass production in agriculture and forest sectors. It also discusses key synergies and trade-offs in the use of biomass for different policy objectives.

Content: The European biomass puzzle

Publisher: European Environment Agency

Year: 2023

European Research Priorities in the Forest Domain

This publication aims to discuss climate change and other risks, biodiversity and ecosystem services, bioeconomy, transversal topics and other relevant topics.

In the framework of the preparation of the new EU Forest Strategy, the SCAR SWG FOREST has collected feedback from its members on what they perceive as the main research priorities in the forest domain nowadays. A survey has been prepared and shared with the SCAR SWG FOREST members. The report is based on the answers from eleven members from nine countries (Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden).

Content: European Research Priorities in the Forest Domain

Publisher: SCAR Standing Committee on Agriculture Research

Year: 2021

Forestry and Wood Industry in Europe

Together with the Cooperation Platform Forest Wood-Paper (FHP), the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Regions and Water Management commissioned the first study on the significance of the forestry and wood industry throughout Europe. The effects of the forestry and wood industry on value creation and employment were investigated by means of collaboration at a European level. 

Download the publication in English and German.

Content: Forestry and Wood Industry in Europe (Forst- und Holzwirtschaft in Europa)

Publisher: Forst Holz Papier

Urban forests: a global perspective

Urban forestry is not a one-size-fits-all solution; each city and region, with its own unique set of challenges and opportunities, requires tailored strategies.

In recognition of the diversity and distinctiveness of urban forestry issues and their potential for mitigating environmental and socioeconomic inequality across the globe, FAO has asked experts around the world to share their views on how urban forests and trees are perceived and managed in their respective geographical areas, bringing together a broad range of regional perspectives.

The primary goal of this publication is to provide a comprehensive overview of the current state of urban forestry worldwide. By showcasing the regional perspectives, insights, experiences and case studies in urban and peri-urban forestry (UPF), we hope to inspire individuals, communities and policymakers to reimagine their relationships with urban green spaces.

Content: Urban forests: a global perspective

Publisher: FAO

Authors: Borelli, S.; Conigliaro, M.; Di Cagno, F.

Year: 2023

Roadmap “Circular bioeconomy for Germany”

Fraunhofer researchers present a bioeconomy roadmap for resources conservation, climate protection, and food security

Climate change, over-consumption of resources, international dependency on the supply of raw materials and an increasing  global population are major challenges for politics, industry and society. To address these ongoing crises, raw materials must undergo a similar transition to those in energy and agriculture. In addition, resilient systems must be established to ensure the security of supply in Germany. A key factor in this process is the circular bioeconomy, which is based on the circular economy and the use of renewable raw materials instead of non-renewables. Researchers at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are highlighting the scientific and technological potential of the bioeconomy in their roadmap “Circular bioeconomy for Germany”. The roadmap includes recommended actions to be taken at a political level to help accelerate the market ramp-up of bio-based products and technologies, and to address social and ecological challenges.

Content: Roadmap “Circular bioeconomy for Germany”: A roadmap by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft for implementing the bioeconomy in Germany

Publisher: Fraunhofer

Authors: Jens Buller Robert Daschner, Lena Grimm, Michael Hofer, Bärbel Hüsing, Julia Krayer, Robert Miehe, Elke Präg, Esther Stahl, Andreas Stäbler, Anna-Katharina Stumpf, Lina Vieres, Bert Volkert and Sven Wydra

Mass Timber Insurance Playbook

The objective of the Mass Timber Insurance Playbook is to enable a collaborative approach between construction teams and insurers, opening the door to more equitable insurance for mass timber buildings.

Mass timber has the potential to reduce the embodied impact of construction versus more conventional materials such as concrete and steel. It is strong and light, and as a natural material, has a strong aesthetic appeal. But, especially since the Grenfell disaster, mass timber projects have sometimes faced difficulty securing insurance.

The Mass Timber Insurance Playbook is a direct response to the challenges developers have faced, providing guidance for all parties involved in arranging insurance – for both development and operation of projects.

The Playbook was written by insurance and building resilience specialists, to help stakeholders in the insurance and construction industries to understand each other’s priorities and language. The aim is to enable constructive communication, to help overcome gaps in understanding that sometimes hold back mass timber construction.

Content: Mass TImber insurance Playbook

Publisher: The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASBP)

Year: 2023

Perceptions on the bioeconomy in the Basque Country

The Bioregions Facility launched Perceptions on the bioeconomy survey in the Basque Country, Spain, from April to July 2022 in Spanish and Basque.

The survey targeted different groups within government and industry to understand how they perceive the bioeconomy, its benefits, and its challenges.

Learn more about the Government and industry bioeconomy perceptions survey and ways to implement the survey in your region.

Content: survey report government and industry perceptions on the Bioeconomy in the Basque Country

Author(s): Siebe Briers, Inazio Martinez de Arano

Year: 2022

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Guidance on the development of public and private payment schemes for forest ecosystem services

Forests provide not only wood and non-wood materials and products but also multiple other services, such as habitats for biodiversity, water purification, and regulation of floods and climate. Their carbon sequestration and cooling capacities and their role in providing renewable raw materials, food and medicines are indispensable for fighting climate change, the transition to a circular bioeconomy and a healthy society.

Public and private payments for forest ecosystem services represent an alternative option to secure financial sources for multifunctional and protective forest management and sustainable maintenance of ecosystem services .

The guidance in this document is intended to be voluntary and not prescriptive. It aims to be a useful source of information and advice – in a user-friendly document – to help public and private entities and forest owners and managers develop and implement payment schemes for forest ecosystem services. It complements any national guidelines that may exist.

Content: Guidance on the development of public and private payment schemes for forest ecosystem services

Publisher: European Commission

Year: 2023

Perceptions on the bioeconomy in Flanders

The Bioregions Facility launched Perceptions on the bioeconomy survey in Flanders, Belgium, from October to December 2022 in the local language, Dutch.

The survey targeted different groups within government and industry to understand how they perceive the bioeconomy, its benefits, and its challenges.

Learn more about the Government and industry bioeconomy perceptions survey and ways to implement the survey in your region.

Content: survey report on government and industry perceptions on the bioeconomy in Flanders, Belgium

Author(s): Siebe Briers, Inazio Martinez de Arano, Ronit Bohra, Jasmine Versyck, Gudrun Van Langenhove, Hanna Van Renterghem

Year: 2023

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Perceptions on the bioeconomy in North Rhine-Westphalia

The Bioregions Facility launched Perceptions on the bioeconomy survey in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, from December 2021 to February 2022.

The survey targeted different groups within government and industry to understand how they perceive the bioeconomy, its benefits, and its challenges.

Learn more about the Government and industry bioeconomy perceptions survey and ways to implement the survey in your region.

Content: survey report government and industry perceptions on the Bioeconomy in North Rhine-Westphalia

Author(s): Siebe Briers, Inazio Martinez de Arano, Stefanie Wieland, Martin Schwarz

Year: 2023

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