Interreg Danube project FORESDA

FORESDA – ‘Forest-based cross sectoral value chains fostering innovation and competitiveness in the Danube Region’ supports the transformation of traditional forest-based industries and strengthens their competitiveness. The project started officially on the 1st of January 2017 and lasts 30 months.

Forest-based industries have the potential to become the engine for sustainable and competitive bio economy in the Danube Region, but, unfortunately they suffer from significant disparities, low levels of internationalisation, lack of cooperation, weak innovation culture, etc.

Through its activities, FORESDA aims at:

  • transforming the traditional forest-based areas into innovative, modern areas, develop innovation-friendly ecosystems;
  • improving or reconfiguring the existing value chains;
  • strengthening innovation culture in SME’s;
  • increasing collaboration in the quadruple helix and implement new ways of collaboration in the Danube area;
  • supporting knowledge transfer, collaboration and innovation towards a more resource and energy efficient as well as environmentally sustainable Danube region.

The main results will be:

  • increased effectiveness of collaborative research and innovation activities, leading to the emergence of new cross-sectoral value chains primarily in the areas smart and sustainable construction and furniture, innovative bio-based products and materials and energy efficiency;
  • enhanced innovation management capacities in relevant intermediary organisations such as clusters;
  • a durable transnational approach and strategy for the development of the forest-based sector.

Project partners:

1.      CyberForum e.V., GERMANY

2.      Regional Economic Development Agency of Northern Black Forest, GERMANY

3.      inno AG, GERMANY

4.      Wood Industry Cluster, SLOVENIA

5.      Slovenian Forestry Institute, SLOVENIA

6.      Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, AUSTRIA

7.      Zala County Foundation for Enterprise Promotion, HUNGARY

8.      Croatian Wood Cluster, CROATIA

9.      KO-FA Association – legal entity of the PRO WOOD Regional Wood Cluster, ROMANIA

10.   Bulgarian Furniture Cluster, BULGARIA

11.   University of Belgrade – Faculty of Forestry, SERBIA

12.   Zenica Development Agency, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

13.   Agency for economic development of Municipality Prijedor “PREDA-PD”, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Associated partners

14.   Innovation and Technology Transfer Salzburg GmbH, AUSTRIA

15.   Cluster Management for Wood, AUSTRIA

16.   Virovitica-Podravina County, CROATIA

17.   Ministry of Economic Development and Technology of the Republic of Slovenia, Wood Industry Directorate, SLOVENIA

18.   Regional Development Agency Centru Region, ROMANIA

19.   Ministry for National Economy, HUNGARY

20.   Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA


Project budget: 2,232,950.00 €

Implementation period: 30 months

The FORESDA consortium will hold its KICK-OFF MEETING in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 6th and 7th of March 2017.

The first day will be dedicated to the meeting of the project consortium; the second day will be public, dedicated to all partners, stakeholders, and to everyone interested.

For further information about the Kick-off event please contact the project partner institution from your country

Venue: Slovenian Forestry Institute, Vecna pot 2, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

In order to register please click HERE

(Official language of the event: English)


More information about the project can be found here:

2017 - 2020