GoDanuBio Participative Ecosystems for fostering the revitalization of rural-urban cooperation through governing Danube Circular Bioeconomy

Danube regions and cities face major societal transitions regarding demographic change. The rural exodus is caused by better employment opportunities for the youth and the prospect of a better life in cities. The movement of labor leads to depopulated areas leaving an aging and increasingly unskilled population behind. However, regions can make a significant new beginning. But a multi-level participative governance approach and new institutional capacities are needed to pool existent excellent competencies and development potentials. Co-creating future strategies to increase the attractiveness of rural areas is the key to give the youth new incentives to revive rural areas. Circular-Bioeconomy is used as a tool, that promises to foster regional development: It is a concept focusing on the transition of a fossil-resource based economy towards an economy making use of sustainable production of biological resources and processes to develop new products, thus setting rural areas and their development into focus. The concept catalyzes interdisciplinary cooperation also between different policy areas/levels to actively address demographic change, by enhancing value creation through new collaboration, business models and value chains raising the attractiveness to stay and even move to rural areas. Long term goal of the project is to enhance the socio-economic status of the regions, contribute to environmental, climate and resource protection as well as foster development of rural areas. An ecosystem for systematic multi-level governance with actors from the interested public, academia, industry and political decision making will be developed. That ecosystem gives space for co-creation and new forms of integrated urban-rural cooperation leading to increased institutional capacity to tackle demographic change. Thus, overcoming the persistent lack of engagement of societal actors in the political system by giving them ownership to address demographic change.

 

Participative Ecosystems for fostering the revitalization of rural-urban cooperation through governing Danube Circular Bioeconomy
Start date
01-07-2020
End date
31-12-2022
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2713796.5
ERDF Contribution: 2214155.21
IPA Contribution: 92571.8
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 3
Priority
Well-governed Danube region
Specific objective
Improve institutional capacities to tackle major societal challenges

Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH Lead partner costa@bio-pro.de Germany
ClusterAgentur Baden-Württemberg, hosted by VDI/VDE IT ERDF partner mzk@clusteragentur-bw.de Germany
Romanian Cluster Association ERDF partner contact@clustero.eu Romania
Bulgarian Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency ERDF partner v.minev@sme.government.bg Bulgaria
Croatian Wood Cluster ERDF partner projekti@drvniklaster.hr Croatia
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Project News

  • GoDanuBio - The state of Circular Bioeconomy in the Danube macro-region: How do countries differ, what challenges are they facing, and what can be done to facilitate the transition to a more sustainable future?
    - 23-07-2021
    The state of Circular Bioeconomy in the Danube macro-region: How do countries differ, what challenges are they facing, and what can be done to facilitate the transition to a more sustainable future?

                                     Photo credit: Pixabay   By the end of June 2021, the GoDanuBio project consortium concluded with activities on Work Package T1 entitled »Analysis of Circular Bioeconomy Framework Conditions«. The last...

  • GoDanuBio - Challenging the status quo: The GoDanuBio Kick-off conference on Participative Governance, Bioeconomisation, and Policy Framework
    - 10-06-2021
    Challenging the status quo: The GoDanuBio Kick-off conference on Participative Governance, Bioeconomisation, and Policy Framework

    The kick-off conference gave an interesting insight into the current state of and the challenges that lie ahead of implementing the concept of circular bioeconomy in the Danube macro-region. Among the topics discussed at the conference were...

  • GoDanuBio - We would like to invite you to our kick-off conference!
    - 28-05-2021
    We would like to invite you to our kick-off conference!

    We are happy to invite you to our kick-off conference! If you are interested in the circular bioeconomy in the Danube macro-region, you definitely should not miss this event. It takes place at 20 & 21 May 2021 in Sofia, Bulgaria, and also...

  • GoDanuBio - Capitalisation of existing results and mapping of governance structures in the Danube macro-region
    - 23-04-2021
    Capitalisation of existing results and mapping of governance structures in the Danube macro-region

    At the beginning of the project, the policy framework conditions in the areas of circular economy, rural development and demographic change in the project participating regions[1] were analysed in order to later determine the strengths and...

  • GoDanuBio - Save the date for our Kick-off Conference!
    - 29-03-2021
    Save the date for our Kick-off Conference!

    Our kick-off conference will be held May 20-21. Feel free to mark your calendars - more information coming soon!

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