The Central-Eastern European Initiative for Knowledge-based Agriculture, Aquaculture and Forestry in the Bioeconomy – BIOEAST – offers a shared strategic research and innovation framework, which aims at working towards sustainable bioeconomies in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries. In October 2019 the coordination and support action BIOEASTsUP, funded through the European Research and Innovation programme, Horizon 2020 aims to support the BIOEAST initiative and Action Plan for the transition of the 11 BIOEAST member countries to the bioeconomy. The international conference „BIOEAST Initiative und BIOEASTsUP Project- challenges & opportunities for Central and Eastern European countries in the field of agriculture research and bioeconomy development“: was organised by the ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Poland and held on 10.11.2019 in Warsaw. The focus of the conference was on the current state of play of the European bioeconomy, the existing policy in Poland related to the bioeconomy and the presentation of the planned activities in the supporting action BIOEASTsUP. The Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR), as an institution with long-lasting experience in strategy development, multi-stakeholder consultations, communication and public dialogue in the area of bioeconomy, is participating in the BIOEASTsUP project and facilitating the establishment of platforms for development of national strategies and elaboration of joint Strategic Research and Innovation Agendas (SRIA) for the BIOEAST macro-region.
The Polish Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski, emphasized the high importance of the bioeconomy for the prosperity and development of rural areas in the CEE macro-region. Further, the Undersecretary of State Ryszard Zarudzki confirmed the strong interest of Poland on the BIOEAST Initiative and BIOEASTsUP project and assured the support for the upcoming project activities. Subsequent the participants - representatives of Polish ministries and research institutes, members of the BIOEAST board and the BIOEASTsUP project consortium - discussed the future research and societal challenges to be solved for achieving the transition to sustainable circular bioeconomy. The fruitful discussions and valuable feedback were an excellent starting point for launching the foresight study under the BIOEASTsUP project.
More information about BIOEASTsUP is available here.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 862699.
FNR contact person: Dr. Boris Vashev