At NIBIO, we understand social-ecological innovations as new ways of:
- managing and using natural resources sustainably
- voicing local communities´ needs
- designing bio-based value chains and business models
- new governance designs.
Thus, we work on and with social-ecological innovations in the bioeconomy to:
- boost local-value creation and redistribution, social welfare, public health and food safety and social inclusion
- ensure the balance between social and environmental needs
- preserve ecosystem services
- re-designing governance frameworks to open-up decision-making processes and empower societal actors, including local communities, to co-identify and co-create sustainable solutions.
We employ a diverse and interdisciplinary set of methods (from business modelling to multi-stakeholders´ participatory methods and ecosystems analysis) to study and facilitate sustainable social-ecological innovations.