COOPeration of bioeconomy clusters for bio-based knowledge transfer via Innovative Dissemination techniques in the primary production sector
Calling Europe’s primary production sector
The reduction of CO2 emissions and an overall lower waste production chain hinge on the successful uptake of sustainable bio-based business models in the primary production sector.
The EU-funded COOPID project is proposing a new strategy. A network of COOPID Bioeconomy Clusters from 10 European countries has been created ad hoc, involving a range of stakeholders: primary producers, in cooperatives or associations, within agriculture, forestry and aquaculture; industry; public sector; research and academia. Based on the proposed model, COOPID ambassadors will showcase success stories, organise workshops and conduct interactive dissemination and communication campaigns.
One of the main target groups will be women and young producers who have great potential to innovate but are underrepresented in the primary production sector.
Bioeconomy starts on the fields, yet meaningful participation of the primary sector in the bioeconomy is currently challenged, especially due to:
(i) poor cooperation and knowledge transfer between relevant stakeholders,
(ii) limited support to invest in R&D of new value chains. To answer this challenge, the COOPID project proposes an effective strategy to mobilise primary producers and stimulate the uptake of inclusive and sustainable bio-based business models in the European primary production sector, considering regional & sectorial conditions.
To do so, a network of COOPID Bioeconomy Clusters from 10 European countries has been created ad-hoc, involving a range of stakeholders: (a) primary producers, in cooperatives or associations, within agriculture, forestry & aquaculture, (b) industry, (c) public sector, (d) research & academia.
We will foster the deployment of innovative bio-based business models in the primary production based on a four-level knowledge transfer approach:
- – Selecting “Success Story Showcases” across different EU countries among the network which will be visited in person by the participants from the network – “COOPID ambassadors”- (level 1),
- – Organising workshops to be done by the “COOPID ambassadors” for sharing main highlights of their visit to the “success story” among their peer primary producers (level 2),
- – Carrying out interactive dissemination & communication engaging other target audiences (levels 3&4).
Focus will be put on mobilisation of female and young producers as having a great potential to innovate yet being underrepresented in the primary production sector. Recommendations for primary producers, policy-makers and academia & research will be elaborated, fostering better understanding of different perspectives on bioeconomy, having a significant impact on a wide bioeconomy deployment in primary production, reaching a broad audience (estimated at 9,500 stakeholders).
- Contribute to the establishment of fully integrated and diversified business models and value chains in ‘bio-based sectors’ by mobilising a wider and more inclusive set of primary biomass actors, particularly women and young farmers.
- Develop and disseminate practical recommendations based on concrete success stories from agriculturally diverse areas of Europe.
- Raise awareness of sustainable, inclusive and circular bioeconomy objectives among bio-based sector stakeholders, including the underpinning EU policy objectives on climate targets and biodiversity protection.
- Raising awareness among policymakers and in society at large of the opportunities in the bio-based sector.
- Contribute to the creation of skilled jobs in rural economies, and increase and diversify income for primary biomass producers.
- Stimulate local value creation, circularity and environmental and socio-economic sustainability for easy replication in rural areas.
- Establish a dynamic enabling framework for the deployment of bioeconomies, combining the sectoral and territorial dimensions.
Coordination and support action
SOCIETAL CHALLENGES – Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research, and the bioeconomy
01 January 2021
30 June 2023
- COOPERATIVAS AGRO-ALIMENTARIAS DE ESPANA U DE COOP SOCIEDAD COOPERATIVA (Spain)
- EURIZON SL (Spain)
- GAIA EPICHEIREIN ANONYMI ETAIREIA PSIFIAKON YPIRESION (Greece)
- PROAGRIA OULU RY (Finland)
- ALMA MATER STUDIORUM – UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA (Italy)
- MUNSTER TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (Ireland)
- FBCD AS (Denmark)
- INSTYTUT EKONOMIKI ROLNICTWA I GOSPODARKI ZYWNOSCIOWEJ-PANSTWOWY INSTYTUT BADAWCZY (Poland)
- GREENFLEX (France)
- AGRAREN UNIVERSITET – PLOVDIV (Bulgaria)
- LANDESKAMMER FUER LAND UND FORTWIRTSCHAFT IN STEIERMARK (Austria)