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Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA) is a project funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. SIMRA seeks to advance understanding of social innovation and innovative governance in agriculture, forestry and rural development, and how to boost them, particularly in marginalised rural areas across Europe, with a focus on the Mediterranean region (including non-EU) where there is limited evidence of outcomes and supporting conditions.

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    2018-04-26

    The 3rd edition of the Workshop “Inform-Prioritize-Collaborate: Cooperation of Regions on Innovation in Forest Management, Use of Wood and Forest-related Services” devoted to forest innovation is taking place in Brussels on 26 April 2018.

    The programme is available here.

    A Call for Expressions of Interest (EoI) to present innovative cases is open till 16 March 2018 at https://www.webropolsurveys.com/S/D98C22EA83D6F58C.par

    Innovative cases have to address one of the following thematic areas:

    1. Managing Impacts related to Climate Change
    2. Supporting Wood and Biomass Mobilization
    3. Supporting the Provision of Ecosystem Services
    4. Improving Sustainable Forest Management Approaches and Tools.

    A strong priority will be given to cases from EIP AGRI Operational Groups. Information about selected cases will be notified to proposers by 23 March 2018. More info in the attachments. Registration for participants will open in March.

    Assure your participation by submitting your EoI and ensure your voice is heard and your views shared by the relevant EU and regional stakeholders – help us to strengthen the contribution of forestry to the EU bio-economy and rural development!

    Started in 2014 as a joint initiative of relevant European organizations interested in keeping vital and innovative the forest-based sector, the 3rd edition of the European Workshop devoted to Forest innovation will take place on 26 April 2018 in Brussels, kindly hosted by the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union (Rue Wiertz 77, 1000 Brussels).
    Main objectives of the 3rd edition are:
    – Presenting relevant innovative initiatives from all over Europe, with a special attention to EIP AGRI Operational Groups;
    – Connecting experts and practitioners to further improve existing projects and provide inspiration;
    – Encourage further public and private investments in innovative projects devoted to forest-based economy.

    An open call for Expression of Interest to participate as speaker to present a case is open until March 16th 2018 at the following link:
    https://www.webropolsurveys.com/S/D98C22EA83D6F58C.par

    Candidates can apply for one of the following priority areas:
    1-Managing Impacts related to Climate Change
    2-Supporting Wood and Biomass Mobilization
    3-Supporting the Provision of Ecosystem Services
    4-Improving Sustainable Forest Management Approaches and Tools.
    Ensure your voice is heard and your views shared by the relevant EU and regional stakeholders. Help us to strengthen the contribution of forestry to the EU bio-economy and rural development: save the date in your agenda!
    More information and past editions
    The workshop language is English.
    The event is free. Organizers cannot provide any support for travel and accommodation expenses.
    2016 – http://www.efi.int/portal/capacity_building/sharing_knowledge/forest_innovation_workshop_2016/
    2014 – http://www.efi.int/portal/capacity_building/sharing_knowledge/workshop/

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