The Frisian economy is trying to become fully circular
Translated by Thomas Ansell
The municipality of Noordoost-Fryslân (centred around Dokkum) has been named one of five ‘example regions’ for a circular economy in the European Union. The food development co-operation Fjildlab was named as a specific note of inspiration for the rest of the EU, as reported in the Omrop Fryslân.
Fjildlab is an initiative where farmers, businesses, government institutions; and knowledge institutions such as Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences all come together to make Friesland’s economy more circular.
The Fjildlab is focussed on a number of areas, chief among which are agriculture and energy usage. It also has expertise in water-technology and food production. The lab has around 1,000 agricultural entrepreneurs associated with it, as well as a Small and Medium sized business collective, and input from diverse sources including NHL-Stenden, Wageningen University, and the University of Groningen.
Aside from Noordoost-Fryslân, regions in France, Spain, Romania; and the Czech Republic have been names. Representatives from these regions and their organisations will converge in Friesland in February at an event being held at Van Hall Larenstein, to consider joint and innovative solutions within a circular economy.