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Innovations in forestry and bioeconomy within ecosystems services framework

Wooden pellets - bio fuel

Innovations are seen as a core element of the bioeconomy. It is agreed that bioeconomy involves economic and also policy challenges. Forestry plays an important role in the bioeconomy as forests provide a wide range of ecological, economic, social and cultural services which are called ecosystem services of forestry. Therefore a strong innovation potential for forest enterprises in bioeconomy is evident.

We can offer expertize in transdisciplinary research including innovation research, policy research and business economics. In innovation research we focus on new “green” products, services and social innovations implementation to support the bioeconomy. We look at how forest enterprises implement innovation and identify supporting and impeding factors to innovation activities. In policy research we specialize on how policy supports or hinders innovation activity and the role of actors and their power relations. To implement appropriate regulations supporting these initiatives, cross-sectoral interaction and integrated approaches of both natural and social sciences are needed. In business economics our research focuses on company performance and marketing strategies for production of ecosystem services.


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