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On 6 February 2023, the Horizon Europe project BIOMODEL4REGION will organise an online workshop related to local bioeconomy ecosystems. Existing business models, bio-based products, services and initiatives as well as bioeconomy governance models will be discussed.

The BIOMODEL4REGIONS project aims to support the establishment of the innovative governance and business models at local/regional level to achieve better-informed decision-making processes, social engagement and innovation to support and strengthen science-policy interfaces.

The project involves six pilot regions, represented by the following bio-economy clusters:

  • Aquimer in Normandy
  • Bioeconomy Cluster in Slovakia
  • Stichting Circular Biobased Delta in the Delta region in the Netherlands
  • BioFuel Region in Sweden
  • Cluster of Bioeconomy and Environment of Western Macedonia
  • SPRING in Tuscany (Italy)

Each pilot region, supported by project partners and its local stakeholders, will analyse their governance system and related policies to identify gaps and assess their bio-based economy potential. The project will also establish novel or improved business models to enable local stakeholders (i.e. consumers, industry/producers and public bodies) to switch to environmentally responsible behaviour. Based on the knowledge generated by the project, each pilot region will co-develop and implement a long-term strategy for the bio-based economy.

The project will share its findings and lessons learnt under a fully transferable case-study approach ensuring the replicability of the BIOMODEL4REGION approach in other similar regions throughout Europe.

The workshop will be held online on 6 February 2023, from 9:00 am CET. It will last three hours and will be divided in two sessions, each related to the most burning bioeconomy issues in the region:

First session on the local bioeconomy ecosystem:

  • Discussions on ‘Local Biobased Products’
  • Discussions on ‘Local Bioeconomy Business Models’
  • Discussions on ‘Local biobased initiatives and communities’

Second session on the bioeconomy governance model:

  • Presentation of the BIOMODEL4REGIONS generic model for the analysis of governance models
  • Group exercise to validate the mapped indicators in the generic model and discuss data implications
  • Planning application of the model for the region, stakeholder roles in data collection and region-specific assessment focus.

The workshop will gather around 15-20 local stakeholders representing local administration/policy makers, research/academia representatives, local businesses/producers and civil society organisations/consumers.

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