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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.

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“Innovation and the Mediterranean Bioeconomy” seminar spurs input for the MFRA 2021-2030

“Innovation and the Mediterranean Bioeconomy”, an online seminar hosted by EFIMED on 11 March, was the first of four online seminars that...

Seminar on Innovation and the Mediterranean Bioeconomy spotlights MFRA 2021-2030

Innovation is often considered an all-purpose answer for overcoming emerging challenges and tackling so-called “wicked problems”, including the development of an effective...
2020 SPLC Leadership Award - Basque government

Global award recognises Basque Green Public Procurement Programme

The Basque Government's Green Public Procurement Programme has been recognized by the American organization Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) with one of...

Forests in Women’s Hands

Connecting women in forestry is the central theme of the international networking event, International Conference on Women in Forestry, hosted by the...

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...

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Urban forests are crucial contributors to greener, healthier, more resilient and liveable cities. They provide an efficient nature-based solution to many environmental...

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