Document / search engine: Case Studies of Regional Bioeconomy Strategies across Europe
Framework project: Promoting stakeholder engagement and public awareness for a participative governance of the European bioeconomy
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Website link: https://www.ecologic.eu/sites/default/files/publication/2016/biostep_d3.2_case_studies_of_regional_strategies.pdf
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This report provides a summary of issues raised in the four regional case studies: Scotland, SouthWest Netherlands, Saxony-Anhalt and Veneto. It examines the ways in which the bioeconomy has
been defined in regional strategies and the ways in which those regional strategies have been initiated and implemented in the four regions. Each of the regions has a distinctive approach, specialising around the particular assets and strengths of the region and its core stakeholders. Typically, regional strategies have been developed by regional government or by stakeholder groups sponsored
by those governments, and hence the main objectives have been to promote economic development
through the application of developments in the bioeconomy. A primary driver of strategy development
has been the need to respond to the requirements of the EU smart specialisation strategies.
Whilst all of the strategies have been led to some degree by regional government of some form, most
have also sought to develop more inclusive stakeholder groups to develop and implement the strategies. These groups vary in their level of formalisation, but generally seek to bring together representatives from business, government and research/education. These groups have not tended to involve
other stakeholders from civic society and the wider public, but have primarily drawn together those
organisations with direct involvement in economic development in the bioeconomy.
A specific focus has been to identify the level of engagement with the wider public across the four
case studies. Despite there being different rationales for engagement with the public, the main emphasis has been placed on an instrumental rationale – improving levels of trust through the provision
of information – with a lesser normative objective of addressing the ethical right of the public to be
involved in decision-making. There has been no real attempt to involve the public in contributing lay
knowledge to better understand how the bioeconomy may be implemented. A general issue with
these case studies has been the focus on the commercial exploitation of life sciences technologies,
led by public agencies with a very limited experience of constructive engagement with the wider public.
The final section of the report examines examples of stakeholder engagement in the broader sense
and draws out good practice examples. These predominantly focus on engagement of business and
Countries/regions described/represented: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, UK