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Norway Grants: Norwegian project partner sought - wood constructions, rural development, ecosystem services, cultural heritage

Country of Origin: Slovenia
Reference Number: RDSI20210907001
Publication Date: 7 September 2021

Summary

A Slovenian secondary school wants to submit a project proposal to the Norway Grants call. The project aims on restoration of the oak forest ecosystem and will build oak wood constructions (of typical Slovenian traditional buildings; hayrack, barns etc). It will contribute in an innovative and sustainable way to sustainable development solutions (building from natural local materials) in the field of smart farms/villages in rural areas. Norwegian partner is sought under research coop. agreement.

Description

Slovenian secondary school is preparing project proposal to submit it to Norway Grants call 2021. The project is focused on restoration of the Krakovo Forest. 

The core theme of the project is indeed "Restoration of the 40ha of the oak forest ecosystem - Krakovo Forest (Krakovski gozd https://www.naravniparkislovenije.si/en/sights/primeval-forests) in the Natura 2000 side, but the project will be also oriented to build with the oak wood constructions (of typical Slovenian traditional buildings; hayrack, barns etc). In this way, the project will contribute in an innovative and sustainable way to sustainable development solutions (building from natural local materials – mostly oak wood) in the field of smart farms/villages in rural areas.

The aim of the project is to show, build and plan all the facilities for living so that they can be (also) turned into tourist accommodation in the future. In this role a partner from Norway is sought who can bring a knowledge and good practices in this field. For example: to use the water from rooftop, electricity from solar panel, food from nearby trees etc.

The project goal is to make first pilot steps to develop a self-sustaining village/farm. The project's aim is to preserve natural ecosystems, build with local timber, preserve the heritage and eat locally, traditionally produced food and, of course, use locally produced energy with the help of new technologies.

As mentioned, one of the project activities is focused on how to build from oak wood, from the forest that has been affected by human intervention, global warming, etc. In addition, the project wants to contribute to sustainable building from timber and people's lives in rural areas. The project also wants to show by an example how it can be maintained a unique natural forest, ecosystem and in the same time have a positive impact on rural development and tourism through timber construction of smart villages. In future, smart villages can also become an export product & service that can be internationalised in other markets, with their own raw material or wood.

Further on, the project goal is to share and create sustainable solutions for generatios that follow, not just to sell products eg. wooden homes, solar panels etc.

The concept of smart villages is connected with rural areas in the European Union and elsewhere around the world, and refers to a complex of environmental, social, economic and other related issues. The project emphasises primarily the importance of a multidisciplinary approach in the understanding of the concept of smart villages and particularly to its applied use. Through this project the value of different perspectives in the treatment of the relationship between people and the (natural, social, economic, cultural) environment wants to be shown.

Slovenian project proposer is looking for a partner from Norway, who has knowledge and expertise in wood constructions, rural development, ecosystem services and similar upper mentioned topics to collaborate in the project as project partner under research cooperation agreement.

Deadline for EoIs: 22/09/2021
Deadline for the call: 30/09/2021

Stage Of Development

Proposal under development

Requested partner

A Norwegian partner is sought among SMEs, NGOs or educational institutions (public or private entity, commercial or non-commercial, as well as a non-governmental organisations, established and registered as a legal entity in Norway) who has knowledge and expertise in wood constructions, rural development, ecosystem services, curtural heritage etc.

The role of the project partner sought will be to be actively involved in the project, bring expertise, know-how and good practices in the field of wood constructions, rural development, ecosystem services and effectively contributing to the implementation of a project activities and planned goals.

Dissemination Countries

Norway

Cooperation offer is closed for requests