The Interreg Europe funded project “Bridges” focuses on the development of bio-economy through cooperation between research and business and the effectiveness of the intelligent specialization strategies of the regions involved. In Kainuu, the project focuses on the development of forest bio economy. For the development of the sectors, an action plan is drawn up, evaluated and implemented.

Kainuu Etu Oy is coordinating the “Bridges” project funded via Interreg Europe programme, that the Regional Council of Kainuu is participating as a partner. The project is scheduled for five years, 2016-2021, with a total budget of over two million, of which slightly over € 500,000 is targeted to Kainuu. The project focuses on developing bio-economy through cooperation between research and enterprises, and strengthening the results of smart specialization strategies of the participating regions.

In Kainuu, the project focuses on the development of forestry related bio economics. The project already has mapped the innovation activities on the regions involved. Based on the survey, chemical and mechanical wood processing, natural products and biofuels were selected as special targets to be appointed in Kainuu.

To develop these industries, an action plan will be drawn up defining the targets and goals for development. The action plan is evaluated and implemented during the five-year lifecycle of the project.

BRIDGES (Bridging Competence Infrastructure Gaps and Speeding Up Growth and Jobs Delivery in Regions) is a project involving nine organizations from seven European regions, each with their own objectives that support the overall project goal. In Finland, the project includes Kainuu and Uusimaa regions. The strategies for smart specialization of all the areas involved in the project have mentioned bio-economics as one of the development targets.

The practical work of the project is guided by regional stakeholder teams. The Kainuu stakeholder team has been built around the Kainuu forest cluster group and there also are four subgroups focusing on the development of forest bio economy.

The BRIDGES Innovation Maps Capitalization Report has been completed in June. The report provides a versatile database and methods to support project action plans. The report in English can be read in its entirety on the project web site.

Partner Budgets

Kainuun Etu Ltd, FI
Regional Council of Kainuu, FI
Lubelskie Voivodeship, PL
Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council, Regional Development, FI
Regional Development Agency of Western Macedonia ANKO  (EL)
Soča Valley Development Centre (SI)
Pannon Business Network Association (HU)
European Business and Innovation Centre of Burgos (ES)
Centre for Research & Technology-Hellas/Institute for Research & Technology-Thessaly (EL)

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