Living labs are a participatory tool increasingly applied in Europe for the involvement of users in technology development.

DESIRA Living Labs are 20 networks of stakeholders disseminated trough Europe and selected to represent a variety of agricultural, rural and forestry domains. They are constituted around a focal question (e.g. How to reduce the risk of forest fires?) and will co-develop ideas, scenarios, digital storytelling outputs, and socio-technical solutions related to digitization. Interaction in the networks will be based on both face-to-face and online activities.

Flevoland (NL)

In the region of Flevoland, the Living Lab will deal with how to improve the logistic of local markets and enable the connection of rural-urban areas, by involving local associations, Municipalities, the RABO-bank.

Central Osthrobotnia (FI)

In the region of Central Osthrobotnia (Finland), the Living Lab will deal with how to close the bioeconomy loop at regional level, with the involvement of farmers, biomass processors, public institutions, members of the Kokkola Industrial Park.

Rhineland-Palatinate (DE)

In the Region of Rhineland-Palatinate, the Living Lab will address how to increase communication possibilitiesacross application domains in rural villages and how to facilitate access to women. Mayors of Municipalities, local comminities and SMEs will be involved.

Rural Poland (PL)

In Polish rural areas, the Living Lab will address the general focal question “How to enhance participation in rural planning and how to empower women”, with the involvement of municipalities, local communities, citizens.

Latvia (LV)

Alla long the country, the Living Lab will approach the contribution of digitization in improving the logistics of local markets and enabling rural-urban connections, by involving farmers’ organisations, farmers, consumers, Local Administrations and Rural Support Services of Latvia.

Lake of Constance (DE)

In the region of te Lake of Constance (Germany), the Living Lab will deal with how can the overall sustainability of the organic fruit production value chain at Lake Constance be improved, by involving local organic agriculture associations, regional governmental agencies for agriculture, research associations, consulting agencies, national organic agriculture associations, environment and biodiversity institutes.

Austria (AT)

All along the country, the Living Lab will will deal with how to provide digital tools to support the wood traceability over the whole process lifecycle (compliance with EU timber Regulation); forest owners, public administrations, forest industry and civil society will be involved.

North Great Plan region (HU)

In the North Great Plan region (Hungary), the Living Lab will explore how to improve the performance of SMEs located in rural areas, by involving farmers, SMEs, advisors and researchers.

Switzerland (CH)

In Swiss rural areas, the Living Lab will explore how to improve the competitiveness of the organic farming system, by involving farmers, advisors and researchers.

Central Greece (GR)

In Central Greece, Living Lab will deal with how to improve the competitiveness of the orgnic farming system and how to introduce gender-sensitive technologies, by involving farmers, advisors, researchers and the American Farm School.

Trikala (GR)

In the Region of Trikala, the Living Lab will address the improvement of the efficiency of of water management in rural areas, by involving water utilities, Regional Administration and the City of Trikala.

Croatian Adriatic Region (HR)

In the Croatian Adriatic Region, the Living Lab will explore how to connect sustainable small farmers to tourists and consumers, by involving public institutions, tourist board, hoteliers, private rendersi, local administrations, local farmers, farmer organisations, LAGs.

Umbria (IT)

In Umbria region, the Living Lab will deal with how to provide digital tools to support the wood traceability over the whole process lifecycle (compliance with EU timber Regulation); forest owners, public administrations, forest industry and civil society will be involved.

Tuscany (IT)

In Tuscany, the general focal question relates to “how to improve the communications between local authorities and farmers and citizens”, especially in relation to rivers/water corse maintainance, by involving local administrations, farmers, forest owners, Tuscany Region Administration.

Andalucia (ES)

In Andalucia, the Living Lab will deal with how to reduce the risk of forest fires, with the involvement of Public Administrations, local civil protectionagency and fires fighters.

Aragon (ES)

In Aragon, the general focal question will address the reduction of the impact of intensive livestock production, by involving actors of the intensive livestock production chain and policy makers.

Nouvelle Aquitaine or Occitanie (FR)

In this Region, the Living Lab will address the focal question “How to improve gerontology pffer and services in rural areas”, by involving local communities, stakeholders from the medical and health sector, local authorities, research.

Nouvelle Aquitaine, Bourgogne, Bretagne, Hauts de France, Centre (FR)

In four French Regions, Nouvelle Acquitaine, Bourgogne, Bretagne, Hauts de France, Centre, two Living Labs will address the focal question “How digital transition may help in improve SMEs performance in the value chain?”. Living Labs will involve agriculture and agri-food SMEs linked to France Clusters.

Scotland (GB)

All along the Country, the Living Lab will address the question “How to improve the performance of SMEs located in rural areas, with the involvement of SMEs, local administrations and the Scottish Crofting Federation.

West Flanders (BE)

In the region of West Flanders, the Living Lab will address the question “How to reduce the impact of intensive livestock production”, by involving actors of the intensive livestock production chain and policy makers.