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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.