BioRural National Workshops: Reshaping Spain’s Rural Landscape

BioRural National Workshops: Reshaping Spain’s Rural Landscape

A brief overview of the workshops

Organised by our partner AVEBIOM, supported by CITA Teruel, in the background of the picturesque backdrop of the province of Teruel, three local workshops were conducted in Spain, in October and November 2023, sparking conversations among local and regional agents! This series of national workshops on circular bioeconomy offered a collaborative platform where professionals from various backgrounds came together, aiming at designing alternative solutions that can transform the challenges associated with agricultural, livestock, and forestry by-products into innovative, sustainable, and competitive solutions. AVEBIOM was committed to fostering an environment where local actors actively contributed to the development of bioeconomy solutions. By converting problems into opportunities, these workshops aimed to not only address immediate challenges but also pave the way for a more sustainable and competitive future for Spain’s rural industries. The workshops were conducted successfully on October 17th, in Valderrobres, on October 24th, in Utrillas and concluded on November 2nd in Bronchales. Let’s explore them!

Connecting stakeholders towards bioeconomy

This transformative series of national workshops gave the opportunity to people from various and diverse backgrounds – from stakeholders operating in the agricultural, forestry and livestock sectors, to those working in city councils, local and regional administration, research centers, public organizations, universities, regional R&D and technology centers, technology-based startups and social agencies – towards a common goal: to get informed about bioeconomy practices and support their efforts to integrate these in the sector they are operating.

Making an impact

Although it might seem challenging, bioeconomy and circular economy practices are the ones that can transform a linear production system to a sustainable one, offering environmental, societal and economic benefits, while at the same time creating job opportunities. What was achieved during the Spanish workshops was to inspire all participants to generate innovative alternative proposals for the current management of organic by-products, by including all of them in the process and adopting a collaborative approach, and, ultimately, generate innovative ideas to address challenges and provide sustainable solutions that can benefit the entire ecosystem.

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