The ERA-NET Cofund Action ‘ForestValue – Innovating forest-based bioeconomy’ was set up “to promote increased innovation and competitiveness of the forest-based sector in Europe”, says Mika Kallio, ForestValue Coordinator from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in Finland. It also supports the transformation of forestry from a resource-intensive to a knowledge-intensive, productive, resource-efficient and resilient sector. Sustainability and modernisation of forestry systems and downstream value chains including innovative business concepts and production technologies will be needed to develop the forestry sector and the European bioeconomy, of which forestry accounts for a large share.
The ForestValue Research Programme will launch their second call for joint European research projects in the new year. The call has an indicative total public funding budget of over 7 million €. This call will support basic and applied research and focuses on how forests and forest-based activities could best contribute to reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This joint transnational call will address the whole forest-based value chain and will produce knowledge to support the best possible use of forests and forest resources as well as to provide multiple benefits for society and the economy. The call will aim to encourage and make best use of cross-sectoral, coherent and integrated perspective.
Look out for further information on the call here.
ForestValue Research Programme Midterm Seminar 2020
This public seminar brought together participants from all around Europe to exchange information and ideas among people with a common interest: innovating the European forest-based bioeconomy. The 17 projects which were selected for funding under the 1st ForestValue Joint Call were also presented. It was an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss topics such as: advanced forest management, forest management strategies and valorisation, innovative harvesting techniques and wood as building material. The seminar presentations and the recordings are now available.