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
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Budget in Euro
Overall: 2713796.5
ERDF Contribution: 2214155.21
IPA Contribution: 92571.8
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 3
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 - 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!

  • GoDanuBio - The initial phase is over!
    - 26-03-2021
    The initial phase is over!

    The first period is over and we would like to share with you what we have been up to. Also feel free to check out our outputs in the library.  PSG Meeting February 2021 At the beginning of February, we had our second PSG meeting. The...

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