FORESDA - Forest-based cross-sectoral value chains fostering innovation and competitiveness in the Danube region

Supporting the transformation, strengthen the competitiveness of traditional forest-based industries

This is one of the main objectives of the FORESDA – ‘Forest-based cross sectoral value chains fostering innovation and competitiveness in the Danube Region’ project which started officially on the 1st of January 2017 and lasts 30 months. 
Forest-based industries have the potential to become the engine for sustainable and competitive bio economy in the Danube Region, but, unfortunately they suffer from significant disparities, low level of internationalization, lack of cooperation, weak innovation culture, etc.
Therefore, FORESDA was built-up in order to support the transformation of traditional forest-based industries.
Through its activities, FORESDA will transform the traditional forest-based areas into innovative, modern areas, develop innovation-friendly ecosystems aiming to improve or reconfigure the existing value chains; improve innovation culture in SME’s,  and  also strengthen collaboration in the quadruple helix and implement new ways of collaboration in the Danube area. Its objectives will strongly support knowledge transfer, collaboration and innovation towards a more resource and energy efficient and environmentally sustainable Danube region.
In order to achieve the planned outputs and results, the project will:
•    link the forest-based sector with other relevant sectors
•    reach a high number of SME’s and further organizations acting as catalysts for innovation processes
•    connect different stakeholders within and between cross-sectorial value chains
•    idea generation and capacity building
•    Implement Pilot Innovation Environments, sustainable Collaborative Networks
FORESDA, thanks to its transnational approach will have a significant input in:
•    Modernising the sector, and making it more attractive
•    Developing entrepreneurship
•    Making wooden projects more competitive
•    Bringing back manufacturing to Europe with competitive high-quality products
The main results will be:
•    increased effectiveness of collaborative research and innovation activities, leading to the emergence of new cross-sectoral value chains primarily in the areas smart and sustainable construction and furniture, innovative bio-based products and materials and energy efficiency;
•    enhanced innovation management capacities in relevant intermediary organisations such as clusters;
•    A durable transnational approach and strategy for the development of the forest-based sector.

Forest-based cross-sectoral value chains fostering innovation and competitiveness in the Danube region
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2128319,38
ERDF Contribution: 1506935,36
IPA Contribution: 302136,06
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 1
Innovative and socially responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Improve framework conditions for innovation


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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
CyberForum e.V. Lead partner Germany
Regional Economic Development Agency of Northern Black Forest ERDF partner Germany
inno AG ERDF partner Germany
Wood Industry Cluster ERDF partner Slovenia
Slovenian Forestry Institute ERDF partner Slovenia
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Project News

  • FORESDA - 14th Wood-Technology Conference
    - 23-06-2017

    FORESDA was presented at the 14th Wood-Technology Conference by mrs. Tamara Högler - head of innovation affairs at CyberForum e.V, also lead partner of the project. The conference took place on the 5th and 6th of June, in Opatija,...

  • FORESDA - Next FORESDA Project Meeting to be held within the 14th Wood-Technology Conference in Opatija, Croatia!
    - 21-04-2017

    The Croatian Wood Cluster, member of the FORESDA Consortium is pleased to invite you to the to the 14th Wood-Technology Conference, which will take place on June 5-6, 2017 in Croatia.  Wood-Technology Conference is the central annual...

  • FORESDA - '12th Annual Conference of Competitiveness Operational Programmes'
    - 19-04-2017

    The Ministry of National Economy from Hungary, member of the FORESDA Consortium is kindly inviting you to the '12th Annual Conference of Competitiveness Operational Programmes' The '12th Annual Conference of Competitiveness Operational...

  • FORESDA - Business lunch in the framework of Germany‚Äôs National Cluster Week
    - 07-04-2017

      “FORESDA’s Lead-Partner CyberForum and the project partner, Regional Economic Development Agency of Northern Black Forest, organize on 26th April 2017 a business lunch in the framework of Germany’s National Cluster Week. This event...

  • FORESDA - Successful kick-off meeting in Ljubljana, Slovenia
    - 09-03-2017

    The FORESDA project – Forest based cross-sectoral value chains fostering innovation and competitiveness in the Danube Region – was officially launched at the beginning of this week, 6-7th of March 2017, in Ljubljana, Slovenia. On Monday, the...

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