Open Innovation Challenge Webinar

Join us at the Open Innovation Challenge Webinar on 2 February 2023 at 10:00 CET. The webinar intends to engage with anyone interested in applying for the Open Innovation Challenge by providing valuable insights on how to apply, the documents needed, grants, and benefits.

During the webinar, we will discuss how to apply for the competition and what the benefits are for the solution providers. Check out the agenda:

  • 10:00–10:15 | Introduction: Bioregions Facility and Open Innovation Challenge
  • 10:15–10:25 | What are the themes of the OIC
  • 10:25–10:45 | Process, document, and timeline
  • 10:45–10:55 | Q&A
  • 10:55–11:00 | Conclusion

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If you have any questions, please email, and we might answer your question at the webinar.

The Open Innovation Challenge (OIC) calls for innovative bioeconomy solutions. Start-ups, companies, organizations and universities are welcome to apply and present their innovative solutions – at any stage of development.

Learn more here.

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Webinar series: Smallholder Planted Forests and Trees for Climate, Restored Landscapes, and Livelihoods

The Yale Forest Forum is excited to announce the next speaker series for spring 2023, taking place on TuesdaysJanuary 17 – April 25th from 12:00 – 1:00 pm US ET. Hosted by The Forest School at the Yale School of the Environment(link is external) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

Smallholder Planted Forests and Trees for Climate, Restored Landscapes, and Livelihoods

Planted forests, defined as forests that at maturity are predominantly composed of trees established through planting and/or deliberate seeding[i] represent 7 percent of global forest area[ii]. While the world’s natural forests are shrinking, with 420 million ha of forest lost through deforestation over the last 30 years[iii], the surface of planted forests is continuously expanding. Planted forests and trees outside of forests e.g., woodlots, fruit trees, hedgerows, etc. harbor an untapped potential to fulfill future needs through area expansion and productivity increases in existing planted forests[iv].

A significant portion of planted forests and trees outside forests are owned and/or managed by smallholders. Smallholder forestry usually takes place on land privately owned by non-industrial stakeholders. While smallholder forestry has a long history in Western Europe and North America, it has rapidly expanded in recent years to other parts of the globe[v]. Between 1990 and 2005, the area under smallholder ownership has increased three-fold[vi] and by 2005, smallholders owned 26% of planted forests globally[vii], largely exceeding planted forest area under corporate ownership. Furthermore, planted forests managed for productive functions made up 32% of all global planted forest area[viii].

Despite these increases, smallholders face technical, commercial, policy, and institutional challenges that hamper their performance, negatively impact their returns on investment, and ultimately affect their long-term viability. As reported by FAO[ix], smallholders have driven the dramatic expansion of tree plantations worldwide in the recent past and this trend may reverse if smallholders are forced to change from forestry to another land use.

This webinar series will focus on ways to harness the potential of smallholder planted forests and trees to contribute to the provision of environmental services, including addressing climate change, and livelihoods. It will primarily focus on the following questions:

  • What are the key success factors in the establishment and management of planted forests and trees outside forests by smallholders?
  • Which management objectives do smallholders pursue and how are they implemented according to business best-practices?
  • What are the operational risks, financial risks, and vulnerabilities smallholders face related to quickly evolving markets and a changing climate?
  • Which models and practices are most promising?
  • Which opportunities and business models arise from the transition towards carbon-neutral economies and the global momentum for ecosystem restoration?
  • What can be done to support smallholders? (i.e., policy, producers’ organizations, etc.

Join us every Tuesday from January 17 – April 25 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm U.S. ET.

Note there will be no webinar on March 14 and March 21.


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Register once to attend all webinars and view the recordings.

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Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) Dialogue Series

The Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) Dialogue Series provides an opportunity to explore the most pertinent ESF-related issues and challenges, while strengthening collaboration and partnerships with diverse stakeholders from across the world. The series provides an opportunity for technical experts to share information and obtain feedback from stakeholders on the opportunities and challenges in their work. It also enables peers to share insights on solutions that could be adapted across countries.




Making Accessibility Operational

This is an overview of the World Bank’s work on disability inclusion with concrete examples of how it has made a difference in the lives of persons with disabilities, and the importance of inculcating disability inclusion in conversations with clients with the aim of not only building awareness to disability inclusive development and ensuring that no one is left behind. The engagement highlighted various mechanisms and tools available to operationalize disability inclusion and accessibility in World Bank projects.

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Second ESF Dialogue Series


Grievance Redess Service in World Bank-financed Operations

This is the second session of the ESF Dialogue Series, with a focus on the World Bank’s Grievance Redress Service (GRS). The 60-minute virtual event provided civil society organizations (CSOs) with an opportunity to learn more about the GRS and its role and scope in the Bank’s overall accountability framework. Through this dialogue, CSOs could also share their views on the current functioning of the GRS and discuss how they can participate in raising awareness of the GRS among project-affected communities.

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Forest Restoration Talks: What do we know about forest conditions in Europe and actual restoration needs?

The SUPERB & IUFRO Forest Restoration Talks investigate forest restoration questions from diverse scientific perspectives, with alternating focus on the global and European levels. The series brings together researchers, practitioners, NGOs, policy makers and other interested stakeholders to explore practical forest restoration approaches experiences and challenges worldwide.

You can find the complete schedule of the upcoming events below. To watch our previous webinars, click here.


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