EATiP and other food sector Technology Platforms call for a more ambitious budget for Horizon Europe

As part of providing the right framework for an economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic European Heads of State and Governments agreed earlier this week on the EU budget for 2021-2027. Whilst the Council decision provides a clear direction for a rapid decision later this autumn, the reduction in funds allocated to the next Research Program “Horizon Europe” is of concern. Investment in Research and Innovation (R&I) is fundamental to improve food security and the sustainability of EU food systems and ensure development in line with the Green Deal and Farm2Form strategy objectives.

Horizon Europe – the EU Research & Innovation Programme 2021 – 2027

Together with the European Technology Platforms FABRE, Plants for the Future, TP Organics, the National Food Technology Platforms and the Animal Task Force, EATiP addresses an urgent message to the European Council, European Parliament and European Commission on the importance of R&I to support robust and resilient food, agricultural and aquaculture systems.

Read the common statement below:

Marine data to support aquaculture in the Mediterranean and Black Seas

Co-organised by EATiP, EMODnet, Copernicus Marine (CMEMS) and DG MARE/DG DEFIS

When? March 24-25 (tentative) (3 hour meeting each day 10:00-13:00 CET)

Where? Online: Invitation-only

Who will attend? Aquaculture industry and authorities (focus Mediterranean/Black Sea), EMODnet and CMEMS representatives, European Commission policy, some invited projects e.g. Blue-Cloud, EuroSea, FORCOAST, other…

What is the workshop about? The main goal of the workshop is to find ways to make better use of existing, free marine data and services offered by Copernicus Marine Service and EMODnet, in combination with farm data and data from coastal authorities. To achieve a common understanding and provide ideas for best practice, the workshop brings together industry practitioners in the Aquaculture sector, marine environmental data producers, coastal authorities and key open source marine data managers (EMODnet and CMEMS). The meeting is designed for maximum interaction between participants, with (online) breakout discussions led by a professional facilitator.

The October event on the North-Atlantic gathered more than 60 expert and end users of data (37% aquaculture industry, 37% policy/coastal managers, 24% researchers/modelers). Its final report is available at MARINE DATA TO SUPPORT AQUACULTURE IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC. The EC has requested a similar report for the Mediterranean / Black Sea.

We now need to identify potential participants whom we can invite to the event, and to clarify the type of data that is already monitored by aquaculture stakeholders and governing authorities. Are you interested to join or to contribute?  Please let us know by the end of January. A formal invitation will then be sent out.

 

EATiP feedback to draft Ocean Mission

The European Starfish Mission on “Healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters” aims to know, restore and protect our oceans and waters by 2030. As a multi-actor platform on a European scale, EATiP strongly believes that the aquaculture sector can play a decisive role in achieving the many ambitious goals. Even more, the success of the Mission depends on the active engagement and commitment of stakeholders along the aquaculture value chain, making them accomplices to the solution.

READ the recommendations from EATiP HERE

GET INVOLVED: You can use (part) of the input to provide your feedback to the European Commission HERE

MORE INFORMATION on Missions HERE

EATiP and other food sector Technology Platforms call for a more ambitious budget for Horizon Europe

In trying to provide the right framework for an economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic European Heads of State and Government agreed earlier this week on the Union’s budget for 2021-2027. Whilst the Council decision provides a clear direction for a rapid decision later this fall, the reduced fund allocated to the Research Program Horizon Europe are a concern. Investment in Research and Innovation (R&I) are fundamental to improve food security and the sustainability of EU food systems and ensure its transition in line with the Green Deal objectives.

Together with the European Technology Platforms FABRE, Plants for the Future, TP Organics, the National Food Technology Platforms and the Animal Task Force, EATiP addresses an urgent message to the European Council, European Parliament and European Commission on the importance of R&I to support robust and resilient food, agricultural and aquaculture systems.

Read the common statement HERE.

 

EATiP held its 12th General Assembly

For the first time in the history of EATiP, the GA was held as a virtual event. It allowed nevertheless to have some good discussions, and to inform the membership about the platform’s major past and future actions in the new R&I setting of the European Green Deal and Horizon Europe. Representatives from collaborating networks EIT Food, Bio-based Industries Consoritum and BlueInvest explained how a stronger interaction is envisaged. Together, we can raise a stronger awareness for importance of innovation in European aquaculture.

Representatives from the European Commission, DG RTD and DG MARE, presented the policies and strategies impacting aquaculture R&I at a European level. Especially the Farm to Fork strategy and the economic recovery plan call for an integrated, food system approach reaching out for a resilient aquaculture sector with a green ambition. They expressed the importance of EATiP as a representative of the European sector during the upcoming processes in Horizon Europe.

The election of the Board of Directors resulted in the welcoming of Alex Obach (FEFAC), Marisol Izquierdo (ULPGC, EcoAqua), Raphaëla le Gouvello (IUCN), Patrick Sorgeloos (UGent, chair of EATiP INCO working group) and Yolanda Molares (ACUIPLUS, chair of EATiP MiP working group) as new Board members.

The mandate of Francois Simard (IUCN), Iciar Martinez (Universidad del Pais Vasco) and Ole Christensen (FEFAC) ended, and they were thanked for their important contributions during the past years.

EATiP provided its feedback as a reply to the Food 2030 consultation

We have now received the report – see attached. For aquaculture, pathway 3 is key: Food from the Oceans and Freshwater Resources. Innovation in science, engineering, economics and behavioural studies were identified as critical for aquaculture to achieve a higher self-sufficiency rate in Europe. Open science and innovation, multi-actor approach, interdisiciplinarity and interoperability were highlighted as important factors of future actions. This is very much in line with the EATiP recommendations and overall approach to research and innovation in aquaculture.

 

Summarised, the recommended focus areas for each of the prioritized R&I actions are:

  1. Boosting innovation: climate adaptation; novel and sustainable feeds
  2. Improve the quantity and quality of aquatic food: traceability and certification systems; biomass valorization; development of nutrient standards; tailor-made aquatic products
  3. Strengthening R&I capacity: collaborative partnership models; infrastructure; citizen science

 

Read the full report here:

EC reports on Sustainable Food Systems

A Scientific Opinion was published by the Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) on “Towards a sustainable food system”, based on evidence and reviews provided by the Scientific Advice for Policy by European Academies (SAPEA) Working Group. A step-wise policy transition and fully integrated approach is suggested to deliver an inclusive, ‘just’ and timely transition to an EU sustainable food system, in line with the forthcoming Farm to Fork Strategy.

Technological innovations in aquaculture can empower the food systems to evolve sustainably, such as precision farming, RAS, algae or insect based foodstuffs, and new processing technologies to increase shelf-life. Overall, research needs to contribute to the promotion of a sustainable intensification, combining an increased efficiency with decreased environmental burden, to the reuse and recycling of food waste, to improve the resilience of food systems towards climate change, and to improved monitoring. Social sciences can provide insights in the various components of food systems and their dynamics in relation to sustainability objectives.

 

Both reports take an integrated systems-based approach.

Scientific opinion on Sustainable food system

SAPEA evidence report on Sustainable Food Systems

On COVID-19 in aquaculture research and innovation

The aquaculture is faced by a number of challenges, due to stringent safety regulations and to a decrease in turnover and market prices.

EATiP has gathered information of relevance:

  • EC Question & Answers on COVID-19 and food safety, as well as a fact sheet and information note. For more info on the EC help to local aquaculture communities, read HERE
  • The COVID-19 Message Board is a website for sharing news about initiatives and actions being taken by FLAGs, National Networks and Managing Authorities to support small-scale aquaculture
  • A lot of H2020 call deadlines have been extended. The European Research Area corona platform shows all updated deadlines HERE
  • The European Commission has launched the 2020 EMFF pre-financing process in advance, allowing the member states to accelerate investements. The amended regulation can be read HERE
  • The EU Council proposed an amendment of the EMFF regulation, introducing a set of measures to financially support the aquaculture sector. Read the press release HERE
  • A market analysis is provided in the latest EUMOFA and COVID-19 monitoring bulletin HERE

Any other measures you know about? Take contact with secretariat@eatip.eu.

EATiP as European Bioeoconomy Stakeholder

The European Commission organized its last European Bioeconomy  Stakeholder Panel in Brussels, on March 4. Because the bioeconomy is made up of many different sectors, it is difficult for one single expert or organisation to have a complete overview. The Bioeconomy Stakeholders Panel meets that challenge by bringing together, in one group, people with different stakeholder perspectives. EATiP is the single representative of the aquaculture sector. As its primary goal, the Panel supports EU’s Bioeconomy Strategy. The Panel’s top three commitments for each sector have been related to stakeholder engagement, regional actions and education in the bioeconomy.

EATiP held a presentation on “Partnering aquaculture stakeholder groups and regions to support growth, sustainability and innovation (see attached).

The picture shows the attending Stakeholder Panel Members during the Brussels meeting.