FORESDA Forest-based Cross-sectoral Value Chains Fostering Innovation and Competitiveness in the Danube Region

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You probably mean: OK, another project that is no doubt good, but to read about... ooooh, soooo booooooring. 

Therefore, here is what FORESDA is about in one simple sentence: FORESDA wants to show that it is possible to transform the forest-based industries (FBI) into attractive and sustainable industry sectors.

And how is this possible?
By developing innovative products and services that come as a result of the cooperation with another economy sectors, such as agriculture, construction, pharmaceutics, etc. This is the so-called cross-sectoral approach.

What is needed to achieve this goal?
FBIs need support for improving the innovation culture of their SMEs and this also means to strengthen collaboration among companies, faculties, and universities, research institutions, clusters etc. All those organizations and individuals who are dealing with innovations in one concrete region are part of the so-called regional innovation system.

Why are we actually doing this?
Forests are one of the greatest treasure of the mankind. By finding ways on how to use this resource more efficiently, we contribute to the meeting of "the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs", as famously phrased by the Brundtland Commission in 1987. This is the so-called sustainable development.

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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

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

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    - 29-06-2019
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  • FORESDA - Clusters have a Significant Role in the Process of Transition towards Bioeconomy
    - 29-06-2019
    Clusters have a Significant Role in the Process of Transition towards Bioeconomy

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  • FORESDA - New Project Proposals for the DTP 3rd Call
    - 29-06-2019
    New Project Proposals for the DTP 3rd Call

    The first step of the third call for proposals of the Danube Transnational Programme was launched on 28th of January 2019 and it lasted open until 8th of March 2019. 276 submissions were received by the deadline. The Specific Objective 2.2...

  • FORESDA - Croatian Pilot Project Presented in Bruxelles
    - 29-06-2019
    Croatian Pilot Project Presented in Bruxelles

    At the invitation of the European Commission, the Croatian Wood Cluster presented a pilot project Increase the Level of Work safety to increase the Energy Efficiency, which is being carried out within the framework of FORESDA project. Namely,...

  • FORESDA - The Time to shape the Future is Now
    - 29-06-2019
    The Time to shape the Future is Now

    The FORESDA project partners are aware that if we want to initiate the major changes and boost the cross-sectoral collaboration and R&D activities within forest-based industries, we have to act now towards pupils and students. In order to reach...

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