POWER4BIO cross-visit to Andalusia, Spain

Bioeconomy in Andalusia, 20. and 21.10.2020

The POWER4BIO regional cross-visit to Andalusia happened on October 20th and 21st where the status of implementation of the Andalusian Circular Bioeconomy Strategy was explained, followed by practical examples and innovative projects as well as interactive sessions and a round table for sharing ideas among the participants.

This 2-day event was held online due to the current situation in which we find ourselves with COVID-19. However, this did not mean a problem for the participation in which between the two days almost 100 attendees of different nationalities were estimated. This visit is part of the actions of the POWER4BIO project, which aims to empower the regions to use the potential of the bioeconomy in their territories, accompanying them in the development and improvement of its policies, establishing collaboration frameworks and making available first-rate information on cross-cutting issues such as technologies or investment opportunities.

On the first day of the visit, the presentations of the Andalusian Circular Bioeconomy Strategy, the Bioeconomy Cluster, DIH-Agrotech and ICT-BIOCHAIN took place. In addition, it was presented how the POWER4BIO project is contributing to the Andalusian Circular Bioeconomy Strategy and connecting actors from different regions for the establishment of stable collaborations to increase the possibilities of initiatives in the circular bioeconomy in Andalusia. In addition, the participation of the attendees was encouraged through the mentimeter mobile application, which was very well received and pointed out some views of the attendees on issues such as the barriers and opportunities of the circular bioeconomy. On the other hand, we were very lucky to have an excellent panel of presentations in which entities with extensive experience in initiatives that carry the principles of circular bioeconomy in their DNA, such as Cítricos del Andévalo, DCOOP, CICAP, Biorizon Biotech, Aborgase and the BIOSWITCH (BBI JU) and Reinwaste (InterregMed) projects. To close the first day of sessions, top-level experts presented their vision on how the bioeconomy can be a development engine to overcome the current situation due to its strong local component among the participating entities were the Almería University, Wageningen and Eurada.

Here you can watch the recording of the first day of the POWER4BIO cross-visit to Andalusia:

During the second day of the program, the visit focused on activities that allowed us to learn actual success stories in the territory that are implemented and whose viability is a good sample for future initiatives. In this case, participating entities were the Cajamar Foundation, Innovaoleo, CeiA3, La Caña Group and Byproduct place. The topics addressed focused on the viability and importance of biorefineries (especially of the olive grove, Innovaoleo), of the necessary training to implement this type of biorefineries (through CeiA3’s Master’s program focused on bioeconomy for the next academic year ) and the work being carried out by the La Caña Group generating added value to the by-products they generate in the agribusiness as well as the work that the Cajamar Foundation has been developing for more than 40 years in this area and the market place developed by Byproductplace. We thank the speakers and participants for attending this regional visit!

You can contact us also in the email for more information: power4bio.capder@juntadeandalucia.es

Here you can watch the recording of the second day of the POWER4BIO cross-visit to Andalusia: