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Final Report Summary - ECO-INNOVERA (ERA-NET ON ECO-INNOVATION - Boosting eco-innovation through joint cooperation in research and dissemination)

The ERA-Net ECO-INNOVERA is a network of policy makers and programme owners that aim to boost eco-innovation through cooperation in research and development. The network started in 2010 under the EU FP7 programme with 25 partners from different Member States and Regions. Since then, the partners have been working to identify common ground in policy development and research needs, and experiment with combinations of research funds. The project as such expired October 1, 2014 but a majority of the partners will continue to cooperate as a network for systemic eco innovation.

Key results of the project after finalization:
i. Strategy and network.
ii. 12 transnational projects that reflect European eco-innovation capacities are being implemented as a result of 2 joint calls. The total budget coming from the funding organizations came up with 25M EUR. These projects provide a backbone to the continued cooperation future exchange of knowledge and views among the ECO-INNOVERA partners.
iii. A solid basis for follow-up joint activities, described in the ECO-INNOVERA work-plan 2015 – 2016.
iv. Ongoing exchange with networks on specific areas or sectors, such as sustainable urban development, resource efficiency, climate change and bio-diversity.
v. Further development of common policies and research through an ongoing dialogue with the European Commission and regular contacts with countries outside Europe.
vi. best practices beyond and withing Europe, analysis of eco-innovation parls, university curricula.

The ERA-Net ECO-INNOVERA addresses and boost eco-innovation by combination of research funds and systematic communication of results. The outcome of the activities would have to provide a basis for further alignment of national efforts beyond the duration of the project.
Specific objectives of the network were:
1) Join forces by development of an ongoing network and a common research strategy.
2) Learn from best practices by comparison and analysis of national and regional programmes and university curricula, examples of eco-innovation in- and outside the European Union, including the role of ICT, industrial parks and methods for monitoring and evaluation.
3) Enable transnational, state-of-the-art projects by combining research funds.
4) Disseminate the eco-innovation concept by systematic communication with related sector– based networks and communities.

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