URBAN FOREST INNOVATION LAB incorporates institutions interested in the aim of mobilising and taking advantage of local forest resources to develop the bioeconomy sector in Cuenca, helping to improve local capabilities while reinforcing workers’ skills as well as attracting and retaining talent.
Among its responsibilities, Cuenca local council is involved in the cooperation and promotion of economic and social development as well as provincial territory planning. Among its dependent entities is the Provincial Development Board, a local autonomous body that develops activities such as: analysis and study of the socioeconomic structure and the real possibilities in raw materials and resources of all kinds, the provision of support services for entrepreneurship, collaboration in research or experimentation work related to products of interest and cooperation with other administrations and productive sectors in the promotion and dissemination campaigns of the province's resources.
Globalcaja and its foundations aim to develop the productive framework of the municipal area of Cuenca. Globalcaja decisively promotes and drives progress and socioeconomic advances in the region. It is one of the main financial bodies in the Castilla La Mancha region and in the province of Cuenca. Globalcaja Cuenca Foundation and the Globalcaja Horizonte xxii Foundation have among their purposes the promotion of rural, business, economic, educational and cultural development, promoting the social economy and entrepreneurial activity, scientific research, technological development and innovation, as well as contributing to environmental protection and promotion of the agri-food sector.
PRODESE is a non-profit organisation whose remit includes cooperation in the promotion of economic and social development in the Serranía de Cuenca territorial area. This organisation manages the “Participatory local development strategy in the Serranía de Cuenca region”, within the framework of the Castilla La Mancha Rural Development Program (FEDER 2014ES06RDRP007). Its objectives include: fostering knowledge transfer and innovation in forestry and rural areas, promoting innovative technologies and sustainable management of forests, restoration, conservation and enhancement of forestry-related ecosystems, promoting resource efficiency and supporting the transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy, promoting social inclusion, poverty reduction, and economic development in rural areas.