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.

Participatory video to collect experiences on Social Innovation Actions

The Social Innovation Actions within the European Union H2020 "Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA)" project have been coordinated by the European Forest Institute...

SIMRA Final Conference: social innovation to boost EU rural areas

Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA) is a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. SIMRA seeks to advance...
SIMRA workshop in Solsona

Innovation inspiration at a SIMRA workshop in Solsona

Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA) is a European project focused on research and innovation actions. FORECO, one of the 26 partners in...

SIMRA’s October sessions: Lessons learned from the project innovation actions

On 7 and 8 October EFIMED organised two workshops in the province of Teruel (Aragon, Spain) to close the Innovative Action that EFI leads...

Social innovation in the spotlight: Special Issue of Forest, Policy and Economics

This Special Issue, largely a product of the H2020 Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA) project and its Thematic Session organised at the...

Social Innovation in Rural Areas: international training course for technicians and practitioners

Social innovation has been heralded as a vital part of the European recovery project since the economic crisis in 2008. It is of particular...
The tops of a dark green cedar tree.

Social innovation in forests: buzzword or opportunity?

This article is also published on the SIMRA blog. What is social innovation? Over the last decades, social innovation has gained significant popularity as a...

Welcome spring! Welcome forests!

The 21st of March is the official first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. The day of the equinox, in which plants start...

European experts collaborate on innovations in providing forest benefits

Involving the right people at the right time is key to the success of any new venture. Spurring INnovations for forest eCosystem sERvices in...

Women lead social innovation to lift up communities

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we highlight examples of innovative actions that demonstrate the impact of women on improving the social and economic well-being...

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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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