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Social innovation encompasses new forms of interaction between environmental, economic, and social realms in order to solve shared problems and achieve common goals through strengthened collaboration and bottom-up initiatives. This approach has significant potential for rejuvenating rural Mediterranean areas, and can contribute to reverting abandonment, increasing competitiveness and securing jobs and services in remote rural areas.

BiodivERsA Citizen Science Toolkit

The newly published BiodivERsA Citizen Science Toolkit aims to inform scientists working in the fields of biodiversity and, more generally, in environmental...
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Can social innovation help accelerate forest and landscape restoration?

In times of economic crisis, it may seem eccentric to think about forest restoration, but countries that decide to invest financial, intellectual,...

New SwitchMed website: boosting Mediterranean circular economy

The SwitchMed initiative was launched in 2013 and aims to achieve a circular economy in the Mediterranean by changing the way goods...

Let the (social) seed grow: insights from seven rural social innovation actions

Rural societies in Europe and beyond are facing complex social, economic, and environmental challenges. These include rural depopulation, demographic changes such as...

International Online Course: Social Innovation in Rural Areas

The European project SIMRA (Social Innovation in Marginalized Rural Areas) is organising a MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) on social innovation in...

Co-constructing in difficult times: isn’t that what social innovation is all about?

This post was originally thought to be a wrap-up of the SIMRA project, and summary of what we lived in our SIMRA...

Rural taste delivered to your table

Social Innovation is a concept of social development hailed as a means to provide scalable solutions to social, economic and environmental issues....
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Sponsoring a forest: experiences with corporate social responsibility

Forests are an essential part of the terrestrial ecosystem. They are indispensable to ensure the balance of ecosystems and to combat climate...

MEDfOR students at EFI’s Forest Economy and Policy seminar

Students from the Erasmus Mundus master programme in Mediterranean Forestry and Natural Resources Management (MEDfOR) from the University of Lleida (Spain) attended...

Keys and tools for social rural innovation: lessons from SIMRA

The study of social innovation, understood in its broadest socio-environmental sense, has spread since the beginning of the century, and its importance...

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