Social innovation

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.

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 rural areas...

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 Final Conference...

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. The SIMRA...
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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 change. Social...

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 the seminar...

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 in the...
Carmen writes on whiteboard during social innovation workshop

Social Innovation: What’s all the fuzz about?

Social innovation is everywhere. A search in Google lands 1,320 million hits. Google Scholar finds 3,700,000 resources, and if we look it up in...
SIMRA ADF focus group workshop

When social innovation grows strong: The case of ADFs in Catalonia

We at the Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia (CTFC) invited different SIMRA project stakeholders to a Validation Workshop in Solsona (Lleida, Spain)...
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Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya & Social Forest: Together toward sustainability!

This summer, Social Forest turned part of an unmanaged forest area into a sustainable and educational forest. This work was done at the Circuit...

DESIRA project brings digital technologies to forests and rural areas

The DESIRA (Digitisation: Economic and Social Impacts on Rural Areas) research initiative is a four-year Horizon 2020 project coordinated by the University of Pisa...

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Including the forestry sector in national recovery and resilience plans

In recent years, the European Union has intensified efforts to address environmental and social changes through various policies and regulations. All framed under the...

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