Supporting the transformation, strengthen the competitiveness of traditional forest-based industries
This is one of the main objectives of the FORESDA – ‘Forest-based cross sectoral value chains fostering innovation and competitiveness in the Danube Region’ project which started officially on the 1st of January 2017 and lasts 30 months.
Forest-based industries have the potential to become the engine for sustainable and competitive bio economy in the Danube Region, but, unfortunately they suffer from significant disparities, low level of internationalization, lack of cooperation, weak innovation culture, etc. Therefore, FORESDA was built-up in order to support the transformation of traditional forest-based industries.
Through its activities, FORESDA will transform the traditional forest-based areas into innovative, modern areas, develop innovation-friendly ecosystems aiming to improve or reconfigure the existing value chains; improve innovation culture in SME’s, and also strengthen collaboration in the quadruple helix and implement new ways of collaboration in the Danube area. Its objectives will strongly support knowledge transfer, collaboration and innovation towards a more resource and energy efficient and environmentally sustainable Danube region.
Read more about Outputs and results HERE.
FORESDA Transnational Strategy developed
The Strategy lays out the plan that should open up, broaden and contribute to the further development of the forest-based sectors' (FBIs) research innovation system, and in particular develop new sources of innovation and strengthen the networking capability of the participating actors and organizations.
The expected impacts of the Transnational Strategy go beyond a period of five years because of the planned transferability and durability of the project outputs, which is especially emphasized through the Local Action Plans (LAPs) for improved technology transfer and innovation processes in SMEs of the forest-based sector defined for each project region, which should be in coherence with the Transnational Strategy, then the LAPs will be defined for the duration of the project, with clear operational objectives.
The Strategy is developed in the process of project activities, and based on the results of the regional mapping, and surveys done within FORESDA project partners' regions. The system gaps are grouped into four thematic sections and are selected as priority areas for the Strategy implementation, as well as for the development of the LAPs: “Policy & Legislative Support”, “Image & Lobbying”, “Funding & Business Environment”, and “Education & Human Resources”. The results of the conducted surveys among FBI and RIS representatives show that the three biggest challenges to overcome in implementing more innovations in the business are in all project countries related to the lack of direct state funding programmes, lack of experts and skilled workforce as well as to the lack of internal financial means of the companies. More to come soon!