Key facts

Project titlePromoting collaboration for sustainable and circular use of bioresources across agriculture, forestry, and aquaculture
Duration01/10/2021 – 30/04/2024
PromoterBaltic Studies Centre
PartnersInstitute of Agricultural Resources and Economics, RURALIS, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Vilnius University
Implementing agencyState Education Development Agency
Funding sourceBaltic Research Programme, EEA Grants, Project No. EEZ/BPP/VIAA/2021/9
Total funding granted984 224 EUR

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The project aims to develop an interdisciplinary perspective on the circular economy in the Baltic-Nordic region by integrating insights from sociology, economics, philosophy, political science, and environmental science. 

The emphasis is placed on the use of by-products (bioresources) generated as part of primary production in agriculture, forestry, and aquaculture and across the sectoral boundaries to explore the underlying models of socially- and commercially-driven collaborations, and the factors facilitating and hindering the development and wider use of circular practices and collaborative arrangements thereof.

Expected outcomes

  • Interdisciplinary evidence-based knowledge on innovative circular business models, collaborative arrangements, and policies across and between agriculture, forestry, and aquaculture that can lead to a sustainable use of bioresources. 
  • Overview of bioresources utilised, and the factors that enable and hamper intra- and cross-sectoral circularity.
  • Sustainability assessment criteria for circular business models to assess their socio-economic and environmental benefits. 
  • Pathways for sustainable and ethical circular business models and sectoral linkages, and identified supportive governance and collaborative arrangements to facilitate transitions to circular bioeconomy.
  • Wider societal impacts, including contribution to policies and industry, through a range of practice- and policy-oriented outputs promoting intra- and cross-sectoral circular solutions in bioresource use. 
  • Strengthened research capacity of participating organisations and advanced research on the circular economy in the Baltic-Nordic region.

Work packages

WP1 Conceptual and analytical framework

WP2 Scoping and mapping the diversity and performance of cross-sectoral circularity

WP3 In-depth exploration intra- and cross-sectoral circularity in agriculture, forestry, and aquaculture

WP4 Ethical considerations and consumer demand for, and contribution to, cross-sectoral circularity

WP5 Governance of cross-sectoral circularity

WP6 Dissemination, exploitation, communication, and outreach