TRIBORN is a Norwegian-led research project investigating how to increase production of bioenergy in ways that promote sustainable development in rural areas. It aims to understand and foster systems for bioenergy innovation and related support policies that can produce positive social, economic and environmental outcomes.
The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) leads the project, and the Research Council of Norway funds the project. In addition, the Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute and Nordregio, a Nordic research institute for regional studies, are key partners in the project.
TRIBORN project considers Regional Innovation Systems approaches whilst applying and developing a method called the Grounded Innovation Platform (GRIP), emphasizing a bottom-up process based on the involvement of private and public stakeholders in order to generate legitimate rural development. The project will generate knowledge on key factors for success and failure in platform building by comparing cases in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Italy. Sweden and Finland in particular have achieved good results. North Karelia was chosen as the Finnish case study region.
This week the project partners are visiting the bioenergy stakeholders in North Karelia, Finland. They are interested in how foresters, other businesses, authorities and local communities have worked and are working together to build the bioenergy sector. North Karelia can provide examples of bioenergy collaboration and policies, and demonstrate the benefits of bioenergy businesses for local and regional development. GREBE project partner Karelia UAS, met the group for exchanging experiences in forest energy development in the North Karelia and generally in northern peripheral context.