A Value Chain Facilitation Tool for Blue Bioeconomy Stakeholders

The Interactive Visual Value Chain was developed for workshop moderators and facilitators to engage multiple stakeholders by facilitating workshops within theBlueBioClusters activities and beyond.

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How does it work?

The Interactive Visual Value Chain Facilitation Tool transforms the complexity of blue bioeconomy value chains into interactive, easy-to-understand visual formats. With the aid of six biomass boards and comprehensive identification boards, stakeholders can dive deep into the nuances of value chain analysis, identification, and optimization. With a suite of five modules ranging from quizzes to detailed impact analysis, the tool can be used in a variety of workshop scenarios allowing participants to engage in a dynamic exploration of economic, ecological, social, and technological factors shaping the future of the blue bioeconomy.

Our Facilitation Tool in use at the first Mission Arena in Gothenburg
Our Facilitation Tool in use at the first Mission Arena in Gothenburg

Who is this tool designed for?

This tool was primarily crafted to blue bioeconomy stakeholders that are interestedin offering workshops. Whether it’s for academia’s analytical needs, industry’s growth aspirations, or policymakers’ strategic planning, the tool offers a versatile platform to foster collaboration, insight, and innovation across the blue bioeconomy spectrum. The tool can also be of use for entrepreneurs, blue farmers and aquaculturists, technology providers, and business support organizations.

Why was this tool created?

The Facilitation Tool was designed to bring together key stakeholders within the blue bioeconomy sector, and facilitate a comprehensive exploration of the intricate value chains that define this vital economic sector. By identifying, collecting, and analyzing data, the tool is able to pinpoint critical gaps and opportunities within these value chains. The tool functions as a platform for collaborative innovation, inviting stakeholders to work together to create solutions that address the challenges highlighted during the workshops. The ultimate goal is to go beyond analysis and to significantly amplify stakeholder contributions towards shaping a blue bioeconomy that is sustainable and adheres to the principles of circularity and carbon neutrality across Europe.


Our Facilitation Tool in use at the first Mission Arena in Gothenburg

The Biomass Boards

The Value Chain Facilitation Tool comprises six biomass boards (Fish, Bivalves, Microalgae, Macroalgae, Crustaceans, and Marine Bacteria). Each biomass board is connected to four identification boards.

Value chains in the blue bioeconomy refer to the series of interconnected activities and actors involved in developing, producing, and distributing products and services derived from marine resources. These value chains encompass the entire lifecycle of marine-based products, from resource extraction or cultivation to end-user consumption or disposal.

The Facilitation Tool’s Biomass Boards showcase BlueBioClusters’ collection of value chain links per stage and interconnected ecosystem services.

The Identification Boards

The Value Chain Facilitation Tool provides four identification boards per biomass as a workspace for participants. Each biomass board is linked to four identification boards, for a total of 24 identification boards.

The identification boards display the same structure as the biomass board but show empty value chain element boxes (described below) serving as digital or printed worksheets to identify and draw the paths of value chains. Participants use lines/arrows to connect the identified value chain links to illustrate their specific value chain path.