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Pioneering regions in Spain, Finland and Germany have taken the lead on promoting sustainable development and decarbonisation of our economy with the launch of a new European Bioregions Facility.
Bioregions connects forward-thinking regions across Europe to work together to unlock regional potential through international exchange on the forest circular bioeconomy. In this initiative, coordinated by the European Forest Institute (EFI), the three pioneer regions are Basque Country (Spain), North Karelia (Finland), and North Rhine-Westphalia, (Germany).
The launch event for the new Facility was held on 9 March in Bilbao, Spain, and attended by over 100 participants. The event was opened by the President of the Basque Government, Iñigo Urkullu who highlighted the importance of having an economic model based on the use of biological resources and who stated the commitment of the Basque Government to improve and increase the use of renewable resources to overcome global and local challenges. EFI Director, Marc Palahí, emphasised that regions are key building blocks to unlock the potential of the bioeconomy and that, for EFI, this a an important and strategic initiative which will promote scientific cooperation between regions to set the bioeconomy in motion in Europe.