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BRANCHES - Boosting RurAl Bioeconomy Networks following multi-actor approaCHES

The EU-funded BRANCHES project works to increase the flow of information, new ideas and technologies among European agriculture and forestry professionals, especially in rural areas. Bringing together 12 partners and over 30 organizations, including companies, associations, government ministries, councils and federations, the BRANCHES project will synthesize, share and present existing best practices and research results from previous and ongoing European and national projects to promote the bioeconomy and rural development through new bio-based initiatives. The project will also showcase success stories regarding forest and agricultural biomass supply chains.

News:


Best innovative practice competition launched on the 28th of April 2022

Within the framework of the BRANCHES project, a prize for the "best innovative practice" in the field of bioeconomy will be awarded for 2022 and 2023. Stakeholders, researchers, companies and start-ups in the bioeconomy are invited to participate and have the opportunity to present their own innovation to a broader public. Innovative practices that are little known but are already available and can be used in practice can be submitted. Submission of innovative practices is possible until 15.06, 2 pm.


Further information on the award can be found here:

Entry form

Conditions of participation



Second meeting of the national network "Bioökonomie in der Praxis" on the 28th of April 2022

The German Biomass Research Centre gGmbH (DBFZ), the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the Bioeconomy Cluster e.V. kindly invite stakeholders to the second online meeting of the network "Bioökonomie in der Praxis" (Bioeconomy in practice), which was initiated within the H2020 project BRANCHES. The event offers the opportunity to be informed by the network participants about innovative approaches to technological challenges, bioeconomy value chain mapping and community initiatives. After short presentations, there will be an opportunity to interact and to connect with network participants in a matchmaking session. The event will be held in German.

Registration is free for all who are interested and is possible until the 27th of April.
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Project description:

BRANCHES aims to realize the implementation of new cost-effective technologies, mobilize more biomass and create innovative business opportunities in rural areas by improving and strengthening the links between bioeconomy practice and science. The project will ensure communication through the two-way flow of information for the transfer of ideas and technologies between scientists and professionals from agriculture and forestry in rural areas. The valuable knowledge produced by research and development should always be shared far beyond the scientific community.

BRANCHES is going to integrate selected knowledge on forest and agricultural biomass supply chains with available innovative technologies and best practice cases for bioeconomy solutions with bioenergy conversion systems in a wider bioeconomy context. In all EU countries, existing strategies and best available technologies will be presented in easily understandable formats through the national thematic networks launched by BRANCHES. The results of cooperation between national thematic networks are expected to have a widespread impact on professionals in European rural settings.

BRANCHES will:

  • summarize, share and deliver existing best practices and research findings;
  • increase the implementation of new cost-effective technologies;
  • mobilize more biomass and generate new business opportunities in rural areas by improving and strengthening the link between practice and science of the bio-based economy;
  • trigger information flows on new opportunities and technologies for farmers and forestry operators;
  • highlighting the entrepreneurial needs and elements relevant to professionals by gathering experiences from research and development and collecting practices implemented by professionals;
  • promote the bioeconomy and rural development through new bio-based initiatives through networking and participatory research methods to showcase best practices and cost-effective technological solutions.

Key tools:

  • Selected knowledge on forest and agricultural biomass supply chains will be integrated with good practice cases and new technologies available for bioenergy conversion in a broader bioeconomy context;
  • Requests and needs of professionals will be collected through a series of workshops and meetings;
  • In all EU countries, existing strategies and best available technologies will be summarized and shared across five project countries (Finland, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain).
  • Thematic networks will be launched by BRANCHES and 5 other collaborative networks established in Portugal, Lithuania, Latvia, Czech Republic, Slovakia.

Project funding

Project funding

Project duration

01/01/2021–31/12/2023

Project lead

Luke - Natural Resources Institute Finland

Project Coordinator Johanna Routa (johanna.routa@luke.fi)