Youth & Bioeconomy in the Baltic Sea Region
The Swedish Institute and its cooperation partners ask for your kind contribution. We address you in the capacity of working either as a Youth representative or working with Bioeconomy issues in the Baltic Sea Region. We are also looking after the feedbacks of experts working with Youth policy and empowerment. This survey aims at gathering information on the needs and challenges that the regions face - in the field of Bioeconomy and/or Youth participation - in order to develop training modules that best address these needs and challenges.

One of Swedish Institute´ assignments is to foster the implementation of the EUSBSR.

To achieve this, the Swedish Institute - in collaboration with PA Bioeconomy, the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Nordic Council of Ministers Office to Lithuania, the Swedish Board of Agriculture and the National Council of Swedish Youth Organisations - plan to develop and implement a series of training modules (a Baltic Leadership Programme) targeting both youth organisations and experts within the field of Bioeconomy in the Baltic Sea Region (Including: Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden, as well as the German states of Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg). We have received your contact information from one of these partners.

BLP Youth training modules aim at addressing needs and challenges of the organisations and individuals working with Youth and Bioeconomy. It offers the opportunity to share knowledge and experiences with each other, as well as learn to master methods and tools for youth participation. Additionally the participants will gain access to a broader network of peers to mentor and coach them over time.

The survey is comprised of three sections (background information, assessment of needs and challenges, input on approaches to capacity building), and takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. The survey is open until 10 June and we kindly ask you to give your feedbacks! Thank you for your kind cooperation in advance.

Integrity and personal data
You answers to the survey will be gathered by our consultant #iNorek&Sköld AB# (data processor) and immediately be anonymized. Thereafter your personal data with regard to the survey will be erased. The anonymised data will be used for a report, that we will be happy to send to you upon request. Please contact Mr Gabor Schneider (gabor.schneider@si.se)
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Bioeconomy for the future
The bioeconomy is about the management of renewable biological resources and their conversion into food, livestock feed, bio-based products and bioenergy via innovative and efficient technologies.
It means utilising biomass to its maximum sustainable potential in other words, using every part of the biomass intelligently. Bio-based products are e.g. bioplastics, smart packaging materials, construction materials, food, livestock feed, ingredients, textiles, health and pharmaceuticals as well as energy, biofuel and heat.

We adopt the Youth Definition brought forward by the European Union (https://ec.europa.eu/youth/news/eu-youth-strategy-adopted_en).

In which country do you reside? *
Sex
What is your highest accomplished level of education?
Age
Your personal view of bioeconomy
Yes
No
On a global level, natural resources are currently used in an unsustainable way
If no, please explain why
Your answer
Yes
No
Sustainable use of natural resources is important for me
If no, please explain why
Your answer
Yes
No
I am willing to make changes towards sustainability in my personal life
Yes
No
I know what bioeconomy is
If no, please explain your understanding of bioeconomy
Your answer
Yes
No
Bioeconomy promotes sustainable use of natural resources
If no, please explain what you consider that the bioeconomy promotes regarding natural resources.
Your answer
Yes
No
I have got enough information about bioeconomy
If no, please explain what you are missing
Your answer
Yes
No
I would like to know more about bioeconomy in general
If no, please explain why
Your answer
Yes
No
The education system from preschool to high school has provided enough information for me about the bioeconomy
If no, please explain why
Your answer
Yes
No
I am interested in further bioeconomy education
If no, please explain why
Your answer
Yes
No
The options of careers in the bioeconomy have been presented for me at school
If no please describe how the bioeconomy has been presented
Your answer
Yes
No
I am interested in job opportunities related to bioeconomy
If no, please explain why
Your answer
Yes
No
I am familiar that bioeconomy creates new sustainable solutions e.g. bioplastics, biofuels
If no, please explain why
Your answer
Which is your level of knowledge in bioeconomy?
In your opinion, what is included in bioeconomy?
Your answer
Which sectors in bioeconomy listed below do you find relevant?
Strong importance
Some Importance
Little importance
No importance
Food and animal feed
Wood based products (construction, paper and cellulose, products)
Fish and waters
Textile and clothing
Chemicals, pharmacy, plastics
Fuels and energy
Biowaste, wastewater sludge (reducing and processing)
Other ecosystem services connected to bioeconomy, please name (free text)
Please explain your choices if you have chosen "strong importance" or "no importance" for some sectors
Your answer
Which priorities in promoting bioeconomy listed below do you find relevant
Strong importance
Some Importance
Little importance
No importance
Creating new job opportunities and business growth
Capacity building
Research and innovation activities
Pilot and demonstration facilities
Stakeholder cooperation (triple helix: administration, universities, companies)
Cluster development (focus on several companies cooperating)
Subsidies for production and use of renewable resources
Consumer information and communication campaigns
Certification and labels, e.g. footprint, energy efficiency
Taxes and bans for fossil-based products, e.g. plastic bags
Supportive regulation and legislation
Which levels of education in bioeconomy listed below do you find relevant
Strong importance
Some Importance
Little importance
No importance
preschool education
education at elementary school, high school
education programs at vocational school
education programs at universities
capacity building/training for professionals
What are the possible channels to reach youth? Please mark which channels you find important and which ones are already in effective use related to bioeconomy.
important
we use already
Social media e.g. Youtube, Facebook, Twitter
Newspapers
Professional magazines, expert articles
TV incl. news, documentaries
Radio
Information events/exhibitions for public
Organized public dialogue
Public campaigns e.g. Earth hour
Public actors as promotors of sustainability, e.g. Green offices
Study visits to companies
Company visits to schools
Trainee programs in companies for students
How are the main topics in bioeconomy communicated to youth at the moment and where should emphasis be in the future?
Currently communicated
Should be emphasized more in the future
Food and animal feed
Wood based products (construction, paper and cellulose, products)
Fish and waters
Textile and clothing
Chemicals, pharmacy, plastics
Fuels and energy
Biowaste, wastewater sludge (reducing and processing)
Other ecosystem services connected to bioeconomy, please name (free text)
Please explain more in detail
Your answer
What are your interests in a Baltic Leadership Youth Programme?
Yes
No
In your opinion, is there a need for a BLP youth programme in bioeconomy
Please explain more
Your answer
Yes
No
Is your organisation interested in participating in the training of experts
Please explain more
Your answer
Yes
No
Are you personally interested in participating in the training of experts
Please explain more
Your answer
Yes
No
Is your organisation interested in educating experts in bioeconomy training for youth
Please explain more
Your answer
Yes
No
Are you personally interested in educating experts in bioeconomy training for youth
Please explain more
Your answer
Further comments about the topic of the survey
Your answer
The Baltic Leadership Programme on Youth & Bioeconomy will be offered this winter with two consecutive modules (dates will be communicated shortly). The Swedish Institute will cover all costs for the implementation of the programme including accommodation for participants; participants are expected to cover their own travel expenses. For youth representatives travel costs will be covered. The application for participating in the programme will open in early July.
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