GoDanuBio

Project title: Participative Ecosystems for fostering the revitalization of rural-urban cooperation through governing Danube Circular-Bioeconomy

Project acronym: GoDanuBio

Programme: Interreg Danube Transnational Programme

Project duration: 07/2020 – 12/2022

Total budget: 2 713 796,50 EUR

Budget of BEC: 104 385,00 EUR

Lead partner: BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH

Link: http://www.interreg-danube.eu/approved-projects/godanubio

Danube regions and cities face major societal transitions regarding demographic change. The rural exodus is caused by better employment opportunities for the youth and the prospect of a better life in cities. The movement of labour leads to depopulated areas leaving an aging and increasingly unskilled population behind. With the support of GoDanuBio activities the Danube regions can make a significant transformation. Co-creating ongoing and future strategies to increase the attractiveness of rural areas will be the key to give the youth new incentives for a rural renaissance.

During the project Circular Bioeconomy will be used as a tool to foster regional development. It is a concept focusing on the transition of a fossil-resource based economy towards an economy making use of sustainable production of biological resources and processes to develop new products and services, thus setting rural areas and their development into focus. The concept catalyses interdisciplinary cooperation between different policy areas and productive sectors to actively address demographic change. In this sense, GoDanuBio will create value through participative governance, knowledge exchange, untapping biobased value chains and, ultimately, raising the attractiveness to stay and even move to rural areas.

The project partners will join forces till December 2022:

– To identify the local actors, establish cross-sectoral collaborations and prove the benefits of the “bioeconomisation” of the regional excellence, demonstrating the economic and societal values of bio-based ecosystems;

– To reveal the rural-urban, cross-regional and transnational opportunities for cooperation to put the circular bioeconomy in practice throughout the Danube macro-region;

– To develop an ecosystem for systematic multi-level governance with actors from the regional policy level, industry, academia and civil organisations. This approach aims at leveraging the institutional capacity of the participating regions and support transformative processes to tackle demographic change and brain drill.

The partnership consists of 18 partners from Danube region countries.

Programme co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI)