Document / search engine: Good Practice: Ghent Bioeconomy Valley
Framework project: Bioeconomy Regional Strategy Toolkit
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CORDIS link if relevant: https://berst.vito.be/sites/biobased.vito.be/files/GP%20Ghent%20Bioeconomy%20Valley.pdf
Good practices provide examples of regions that contain one or more successful bioeconomy clusters. Major lessons learned:
Related to Organisation – Stage: Initial – Establish an effective governance structure including a board or committee from the very beginning
Related to Biomass Supply – Stage: Initial – Inform and promote the “collaborative spirit” to biomass producers in order to establish trust between production and demand site.
Related to Actors – Stage: Drive to maturity – Develop a broad network with other institutions from the relevant field as well as with other clusters, both within the country as well as cross-boundary, as this will provide access to the latest information as well as a platform for dissemination and promotion of cluster members’ activities.
Related to Products Stage: Drive to maturity – Facilitate open innovation processes between the different sectors; strengthen the biorefinery concept and application.
Related to Funding – Stage: Drive to maturity – Ensure political commitment also for the drive to maturity phase that could involve the building of industrial production sites and the like which need public acceptance and political will and support.
Related to Policies – Stage: Drive to maturity – Ensure business commitment, both from SMEs as well as from big companies.
Countries/regions described/represented: Prov. Oost-Vlaanderen