Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) often lack access to business tools that could help them enhance their sustainability. This is especially true in business ecosystems where interactions, access to knowledge and exchange, happen on a (s)lower scale, such as in the Wadden Sea protected areas region. Tailored for SMEs located in protected areas, researchers and students from the University of Groningen – Campus Fryslân have now developed a Nature Business and Community Development Toolkit in the framework of the Interreg project PROWAD Link. The aim of the toolkit is to help SMEs and entrepreneurs map the existing benefits delivered by their business, identify new or additional benefit streams, and identify stakeholders needed to implement sustainable benefits in the business.
PROWAD Link is co-funded by and carried out in the framework of the Interreg North Sea Region Programme under the Programme Priority 1 “Thinking Growth” and the Specific Objective 1.1. “Develop new or improved partnerships between businesses, knowledge institutions, public administrations and end users with a view to long-term cooperation (post project) on developing products and services.” The programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of the European Union.