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Interactive Visual Value Chain Facilitation Tool

This VC Facilitation Tool is a powerful resource to identify and analyse and enhance the efficiency of value chains.

The Blue Bioeconomy, defined as the production and conversion of renewable marine biological resources into value-added products, such as food, feed, bio-based products, and bioenergy, entails many opportunities for European coastal communities. Innovative business models based on circularity concepts, short value chains, digital solutions and ecosystem contributions offer the chance to stabilise and create new enterprises and jobs for the lower educated while transforming remote, rural areas into interesting, revitalised, climate-friendly places to live. However, blue bioeconomy actors struggle with challenges related to technology, lack of knowledge, and skills or regulatory barriers. Therefore, we designed the Interactive Visual Value Chain Facilitation Tool (hereafter referred to as the VC Facilitation Tool) to support the development of the blue bioeconomy.

The linear value creation starts with the input biomass, following several steps in between until the consumable product. These steps represent the value chain path. By supporting and mapping out the different elements, stages and actors involved in blue value chains, the results provide insight into bottlenecks, gaps, and areas for improvement and potential matchmaking. More specifically, the outcomes will foster an understanding of the blue bioeconomy sector by determining opportunities and risks of economic, ecologic, social, regulatory, technological and circularity factors. The latter represents a crucial point in developing a circular blue bioeconomy in the Baltic and North Sea until 2030. The circular approach is more complex because most blue and green value chains are still linear in practice, with one start and one endpoint. Still, it could also lead to a higher added value in terms of, for example, waste reduction, energy efficiency and many more aspects mitigating climate change, environmental degradation, and pollution. Furthermore, it requires coherent practices by all actors across the value chain.

An interactive visual format of the value chains ensures the successful engagement of stakeholders from established industries and emerging sectors to draw their path through a value chain. The active work on value chains within workshops allows stakeholders from different blue bioeconomy sectors and European regions to collaborate effectively, make informed decisions, and optimize the performance of the value chain from a sustainable point of view.

Check out the interactive visual value chain facilitation tool here.

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