Post Term: BERST

BERST series of posters on project outcomes

BERST series of posters on project outcomes

The aim of the BERST project was to gain understanding of the possibilities and challenges related to the enhancement of bio-based economies. BERST outcomes are accessible through two catalogues, hosted by VITO and by WUR respectively. The catalogues can be useful for a wide variety of stakeholders, from regional policy makers over local entrepreneurs to profit and non-profit organisations.

Major project findings are summarised in a series of posters, presented at the BERST final conference, that describe the various BERST outcomes: 

  • Conceptual framework;
  • Criteria and indicators describing (the readiness of) the regional bioeconomy;
  • Catalogue of Instruments & Measures to encourage regional bioeconomy development;
  • Activities targeting the development of a network of bio-regions;
  • Regional bioeconomy cluster profiles in seven regions across Europe, describing: their current state, regional structure/readiness, barriers as well as recommendations for bioeconomy cluster development; and
  • Guidelines for further research on bioeconomy clusters in EU regions.
BERST dashboard and toolkit for benchmarking and developing regional bioeconomy strategies

BERST dashboard and toolkit for benchmarking and developing regional bioeconomy strategies

The aim of the BERST project was to gain understanding of the possibilities and challenges related to the enhancement of bio-based economies. BERST outcomes are accessible through two catalogues, hosted by VITO and by WUR respectively. The catalogues can be useful for a wide variety of stakeholders, from regional policy makers over local entrepreneurs to profit and non-profit organisations.

The dashboard (catalogue) @ WUR displays a set of indicators helping to assess the future bioeconomy potential of a region. A benchmark option is available to identify a region’s relative position vis-à-vis the country as a whole, applying the following four indicators: Biomass availability and Land use, Demography and Workforce quality, Employment and firms in bioeconomy sectors, and Innovation),

In addition, the dashboard contains:

  • Case studies providing in-depth bioeconomy profiles for five RDI2Club regions
  • A dynamic reporting option for creating regional bioeconomy profile factsheets

Finally, the dashboard gives access to tools developed under the S3 platform project and the BERST project

The (visualisation tool of the) dashboard was initiated  in the BERST project and further developed in the RDI2Club Interreg project.

BERST database of instruments & measures facilitating bioeconomy development in regions

BERST database of instruments & measures facilitating bioeconomy development in regions

The aim of the BERST project was to gain understanding of the possibilities and challenges related to the enhancement of bio-based economies. BERST outcomes are accessible through two catalogues, hosted by VITO and by WUR respectively. The catalogues can be useful for a wide variety of stakeholders, from regional policy makers over local entrepreneurs to profit and non-profit organisations.

 The BERST database (catalogue) @ VITO provides detailed information on instruments and measures facilitating bioeconomy development in regions throughout Europe.  For each instrument & measure information is provided on:

  • A set of descriptive Criteria such as; the targeted region(s), the goal, a short description, contact information, the sector targeted,…
  • To which extent the Instrument & Measures helps realising (one or more of) the objectives relevant for the deployment of a regional bioeconomy.

In addition, the catalogue contains:

  • Case studies providing in-depth regional bioeconomy profiles for seven BERST regions
  • Four good practice examples of regions containing one or more successful bioeconomy clusters. 
BERST – BioEconomy Regional Strategy Toolkit

BERST – BioEconomy Regional Strategy Toolkit

The implementation of the European bioeconomy occurs under the impulsion of entrepreneurs (ranging from carbon-based industries to farmers and foresters) and political authorities, assisted by knowledge workers (R&D).

The drivers are (1) the search for alternative resources for fossil fuels, (2) the response to climate warming by becoming as CO2 neutral as possible and (3) the industrial demand for new functionalities offered by biobased materials and chemicals. Regions can be encouraged to apply new development strategies.

Regions can also be guided to find ways to support, encourage and enhance concrete actions towards the bioeconomy by current and potential entrepreneurs within a bioeconomy. All regions are potentially ‘bioregions’, and the BERST project provides tools (sets of criteria, catalogues both of instruments and measures as well as of good practices and case studies, and guidelines for elaborating regional profiles to prepare for smart specialisation strategies) to help regions in their trajectory of bioeconomic development.

The aim of this project is to take into account the bioeconomy potential and strategies of a range of different regions in Europe, and therefore to gain understanding of the possibilities and challenges related to the enhancement of biobased economies. The project also provides a support network in order to promote the development of smart specialisation strategies based on regional bioeconomic potential.

The results and outcomes of this project will be linked to each region’s “normal” planning and strategic development processes, and therefore to give additional tools for the regions to enhance their bioeconomies. This also means to promote stakeholder relations within bioregions, so that entrepreneurs can guide regional priorities in the development of the bioeconomy. The outcome of the project – with both a toolkit and an operating bioregional network – is intended to be taken over by the nascent EU Bioeconomy Observatory.

  • Grant Agreement ID
    613671
  • Call Topic
    FP7-KBBE
  • Project Website
  • Duration
    From: 2013-12-01
    To: 2015-11-30
  • Overall Budget
    1 276 461,44 €
  • Coordinator
    STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

PROJECT CONTENTS

BERST dashboard and toolkit for benchmarking and developing regional bioeconomy strategies
The aim of the BERST project was to gain understanding of the possibilities and challenges related to the enhancement of
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BERST database of instruments & measures facilitating bioeconomy development in regions
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BERST series of posters on project outcomes
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