After 40 months, the BE-Rural, a Horizon 2020 project, came to a close. The Final Conference ‘Inspiring regional agendas for inclusive bioeconomies’ was hosted by our Polish regional partner in Frombork situated on the Vistula Lagoon. The objective of the event was not only to look back at the activities and outputs of the project, but also to discuss how the experiences and lessons learned can inform future bioeconomy initiatives and ongoing policy developments in each of the five partner regions and beyond.
Co-creation has been at the core of the project and such activities were also on the agenda of the Final Conference. They provided input and validated the final project outputs:
- BE-Rural Evaluation of stakeholder and public engagement activities, and
- BE-Rural Policy Paper “Promoting Effective Co-creation Spaces in Regional Bioeconomies”.
In addition to these, the project provides policy guidance presented in three recent policy briefs on
- improving funding for bio-based business models,
- enabling rural regions to recognise the ecological boundaries framing the bioeconomy, and
- mainstreaming the bioeconomy in Pre-Accession Assistance projects in the Western Balkans.
Finally, partners and stakeholders interested in delivering regional bioeconomy will remain connected via the BE-Rural Network of Knowledge, which is hosted on a Facebook platform developed by our Romanian partner in Covasna region – “Sustainable Development Goals Network Romania”. Don’t hesitate to join the group if you are interested in exchanging on experiences about, for example, the elaboration process of bio-based business models, the design and implementation of bioeconomy strategies and roadmaps, or the integration of bioeconomy concepts in academic curricula.
Anyone interested in the project can check out BE-Rural deliverables and other educational, communications and policy related materials on the dedicated project page.