European Projects

Estonia: Developing wool-based packing materials to replace plastic bubble wrap

Woola is transforming waste wool into alternative packing materials, replacing plastic bubble wrap. Wool is a naturally high-tech fibre. Its elasticity, water repellence, and resistance to temperature extremes make wool a perfect material for packing items that need extra cushioning. Packaging made of wool is durable and can be reused multiple times. MORE

Ireland: Building a community-owned and future-proofed digital infrastructure

The Piltown/Fiddown villages were outside the National Broadband Plan funding area and were also unlikely to attract interest from a commercial operator to develop such a network. This is why the villages decided to build their own community-owned broadband internet network. Thanks to the project, 750 homes and businesses can now enjoy broadband. MORE

Slovenia: Buying an abandoned farm to invest into biodynamic production of herbs

With financial support from multiple Rural Development measures, a young farmer bought an abandoned five-hectare farm to invest in the biodynamic production of herbs. A focus was put on creating new business models that combine organic farming, the protection of the environment and the creation of employment. MORE

Italy: From zero impact to a positive impact - using aquaponics to produce high-quality sustainable food

The Italian Aquaponics operation “Circle” aims at producing top-quality sustainable food without negatively impacting the environment. The project involves transforming fish organic waste and ammonia into nutrients for plants through a bio-filter without using chemicals. The remaining water cleansed by the plants is then released back to the fish, saving more than 90 % of the water used within the closed system. The production model is easily transferable and can be placed anywhere as it does not depend on agricultural soil. MORE

Sweden: Business Boost- Collaboration for more regional food

With support of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the capacity of smaller food producers to reach the regional was supported. This helped to shorten the region’s food chain as several regional grocery stores are now dedicated to selling more local products. MORE

Malta: Restoring dry stone walls to mitigate soil erosion and protect biodiversity

The farm of two young farmers has been affected by soil erosion due to rainwater runoff and the intense winds. To protect their land and promote biodiversity, the couple decided to restore and increase the number of dry stone walls and to plant olive trees. A total of 326 metres (or 603 m2) of dry stone walls were restored or constructed according to the traditional method. MORE

Netherlands: Farmers and water authorities create a common understanding of the main challenges and possible solutions

This project combined state-of-the-art sensoring techniques and models with a participatory monitoring process with farmers and water authorities to create a common understanding of the main local challenges and possible solutions to enhance water quality. In addition, the process empowered individual farmers to become equal partners with water authorities as they gained knowledge and access to data. MORE

Finland: Resource Wise Visions (ReWI) for the circular economy

The ReWI project inspires young people to examine entrepreneurship from the perspective of the circular economy. Project activities concentrate on youth exchanges, international communication, promoting youth circular economy entrepreneurship with business courses and youth club activities. MORE

Czech Republic: A young farmer with reduced mobility creates employment for people with disabilities

With support from the Rural Development Programme the farm employs a total of 12 disabled people. The project provided the necessary funds to purchase a tractor and a distillation unit for lavender oil extraction, both adapted for operation by people with disabilities. The farmer also purchased land for cultivation. MORE

Latvia: An abandoned railway is transformed into an active tourist activity

A railway track from abandoned industrial activity was transformed into a railbike track that allows visitors to enjoy a 4 km long journey along a site of cultural and historical significance. The railbike complements the existing tourist offer of the village and attracts new people who are interested in learning about the history of the place in an active way. MORE