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Completed projects promoting the Bioeconomy in the Baltic Sea Region



The project identifies alternative and sustainable protein sources such beans, peas, green grass proteins, marine invertebrates, algae, insects etc. and identifies opportunities for developing new bioeconomy value chains based on such locally produced green proteins.

Learn More | Proteins - The Green Gold of Baltic Sea Region Bioeconomy
Final Report |(PDF)

Project leader | Knud Tybirk, [ mail: kt @ agropark.dk ], Agro Business Park/Innovation Network for Biomass, Denmark

MTT Agrifood Research Finland, principal research scientist Sanna Marttinen, Finland
Aarhus University, Inst of Animal Science, professor Knud Erik Bach Knudsen, Denmark
SLU Uppsala/Alnarp, Anders Nielsson, SLU, Sweden
Hans Jørgen Jensen, LAG Bornholm, Denmark
Latvian Farmers Union, Zanda Kruklite, Latvia
Proteins - The Green Gold of Baltic Sea Bioeconomy



There is a need to generate new ways of working, new processes, services and products that can contribute the transition towards the bioeconomy. This project pilots methods to ensure truly multidisciplinary and stakeholder involvement from start in research and development processes.

Learn more | Developing cross-cutting stakeholder involvement for realizing the bioeconomy

Final Report |(PDF)

Project leader | Professor Margareta Dahlström, [ mail: margareta.dahlstrom @ kau.se ] Karlstad University, Sweden
Centre director Cecilia Nahnfeldt, [cecilia.nahnfeldt @ kau.se ]

Nordregio, Senior researchers Jukka Teräs and Gunnar Lindberg, Sweden
The Paper Province, CEO Maria Hollander, Sweden
Region Värmland, Research and innovation strategist Anders Olsson, Sweden
HAMK University of Applied Sciences, Dr. Matti K. Hakala, Senior Advisor R&D, Finland
Forssa Region Development Centre ltd, Juha Pirkkamaa, Environment and Energy Cluster Manager, Finland
Envor Group, CEO Mika Laine, Finland
Aalborg University, Professor, research director Lene Lange, Denmark
Estonian Forest Industry Association, Pille Aasamets, Theme manager, Estonia
Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Peter Gornischeff, Director of services, Estonia
Stockholm Environment Institute in Tallinn, Kaja Peterson, Senior expert, Estonia
Developing cross-cutting stake- holder involvement for realizing the bioeconomy


Future food demands mean that biobased resources need to be better utilized. Also, there is a need to replace petroleum-based polymers with bio-based polymer alternatives. The project explores novel bio-based product opportunities for bio-resources from agriculture, forestry and marine sectors.

Learn more | Bio-resources for innovative and sustainable non-food uses

Final Report | (PDF)

Project leader | Assistant Professor Ramune Kuktaite, [ mail: ramune.kuktaite @ slu.se ] Swedish University of Agriculture Sciences, SLU, Sweden.

Lund University, Dept. of Biotechnology, professor Eva Nordberg Karlsson, Sweden
The Swedish Institute for Food and Biotechnology, SIK, professor Mats Stading, Sweden
VTT Technical Research Center, VTT, dr. Tiina Pajula, Finland
Ketek, dr. Egidija Rainosalo, Finland
Kaunas University of Technology, KTU, Dept. of Polymer Chemistry and Technology, dr. Jolita Ostrauskaite, Lithuania
Latvian State Institute of Wood Chemistry, IWC, professor Ugis Cabulis, Latvia
Koszalin University of Technology, KUT, Dept. of Economics and Management, professor Michal Jasiulewicz, Poland
West Pomeranian University of Technology, WUT, Dept. of Ecology and Environmental Protection, dr. Michal Kupiec, Poland
Matis, professor Gudmundur Oli Hreggvidsson, Island
Bio-resources for innovative and sustainable non-food uses


The project aims to establish an arena where for food and feed industry and farmers can exchange research, market and trade opportunities in locally produced plant protein – and subsequently develop a joint EU funding application later in 2015.

Learn more | Factsheet plant protein arena (PDF)

Project leader | Dr Fredrik Fogelberg, [ mail: Fredrik.Fogelberg @ jti.se] JTI – Swedish Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, Sweden

Aarhus university, Ove Edlefsen, Denmark
Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, Ausra Brazaityte, Lithuania
Estonian Crop Research Institute, Lea Narits, Estonia
Pure Horticultural Research Centre, Liga Lepse, Latvia
UAB Eko Farm, Marius Raila, Lithuania
Julius Kühn Institute, Christiane Balko, Germany
Nordic-Baltic Plant Protein Arena for Improved Food & Feed Security


The BSR has a great potential to become a model region for sustainable biobased innovations and smart combinations that are based on the region’s marine resources. The project aims at supporting pan-Baltic cooperation in the blue bioeconomy to foster blue growth and to develop sustainable biobased value chains.

Learn more | Factsheet Integrated Blue Biotechnology Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (PDF)

Project leader | Angela Schultz-Zehden, [ mail: asz @ submariner-network.eu ]
SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth EEIG, Germany

SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth EEIG, Germany
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Employment, Transport and Technology Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Maritime Institute in Gdańsk, Poland
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
AgroTech, Denmark
Coastal Research and Development Institute, Lithuania
Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology, Latvia
Danish Technological Institute, Denmark
BioCon Valley Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e.V., Germany
GEOMAR – Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany
Fraunhofer Research Institution for Marine Biotechnology, Germany
University of Gdańsk, Poland
Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, Finland
Gdańsk Science and Technology Park, Poland
Klaipeda Science and Technology Park, Lithuania
Tartu Biotechnology Park, Estonia
Latvian Biotechnology Association, Latvia
Region Skåne, Sweden
Ida-Viru Region, Estonia
Pomorskie Region, Poland
Southwest Finland Region, Finland
Riga Planning Region, Latvia
Integrated Blue Biotechnology Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region


This project aims to establish alternative methods of financing the bioeconomy – including through crowd funding mechanisms in rural areas that support innovation in local farms and firms.

Learn more | Local Capital - Realizing the Bioeconomy in the BSR

Project leader | Leo Padazakos, [ mail: leo @ e-fabriken.se ], Nordic Lokalkapital AB,Sweden

Dzintars Vaivods SIA "Latvijas Lauku konsultāciju un izglītības centrs", Latvia
DMI Deutsches Mikrofinanzinstitut, Markus Weidner, Germany
Civil Initiatives Development Centre CRIS, Ania Cebula, Poland
Olav Rasmussen, Direktør, cand.agro., E-MBA, Blue Planet Innovation, Denmark
Local Capital


The project aims to set up a model for comprehensive study of issues related wood biomass and wood-based energy in the Baltic Sea Region.

Learn more |

Final Report | (PDF)

Project leader | Peichen Gong, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

Aleksandras Stulginskis University, Edmundas Petrauskas, Lithuania
Finnish Forest Research Institute, Maarit Kallio, Finland
Forest Research Institute, Michał Kalinowski, Poland
Latvia University of Agriculture, Jānis Krūmiņš and Agris Zimelis, Latvia
Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Torjus Bolkesjø, Eric Trømborg and Walid Mustapha, Norway
University of Hamburg, Uwe Schneider, Germany
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Peichen Gong, Sweden
Markets for woody biomass and wood-based energy around the Baltic Sea Region

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