• 08/11/2016 - 02:00 p.m. -06:30 p.m.   Memo
    Place: Biobased Industry Room

    GLOBAL WATER EXPO - Convegno

    Sustainable food and water nexus in the Mediterranean area

    Organized by: MIUR, MiPAAF-CREA, MATTM-ISPRA, Cluster Tecnologico nazionale Agro-Food, FEDERALIMENTARE
    Ensuring safe, healthy, high quality food while developing sustainable, innovative and efficient systems with supply chains, water uses, processing and marketing are some of the challenges set by the European Union for the European Industry, which is the first industrial sector in EU with 310,000 companies, a Trillion of Euros of turnover and 4 Million of employees. This is particularly relevant in the Mediterranean area, where Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) constitute a significant economic and employment driver, representing ~70% of total workforce and 99% of overall enterprises in the Region. Mediterranean food industries produce large quantities of products, often with unique qualities derived from Mediterranean natural advantages and local knowledge. Adoption of eco-innovation and sustainable business models, may represent the chance for SMEs to increase their competitiveness and give their contribution to the struggle of sustainability issues. Eco-innovation that can sparkle from a variety of sources (large companies, public research labs, universities, SMEs and community of users) needs to be adopted to create employment and territorial development and to enhance the emergence of young entrepreneurs in the agrifood sector. In the Mediterranean region, which is one of the most arid agricultural regions on earth, the interrelationship of sustainable food and water resources is particularly pronounced: ecologically sustainable solutions are required to guarantee long-term stable societies, job creation, good health and welfare while addressing environmental pressures. PRIMA Participating States are proposing to the European Commission the use of an art.185 TFEU as the most appropriate instrument to focus on the development of innovative solutions and the promotion of their adoption for improving the efficiency and sustainability of food production and water provision.

    Tentative Programme
    14:00-14:30 Welcome and Introduction
    Delegates from the EU commission, Representatives of MIUR, MATTM, MIPAAF, and Regional Ministers for Agriculture (Emilia-Romagna and Toscana)
    14:30-15:00 . OPENING
    Partnership for research and innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA)
    Angelo Riccaboni, Chair of PRIMA consortium

    15:00-16:00 . SESSION 1
    Sustainable management of water for arid and semiarid Mediterranean areas
     (Chairs: Giuseppina Monacelli, ISPRA . IT; Ali Rhouma, IRESA, Tunisia)

    Round Table with slides
    • Antonio Lo Porto, Chair of EurAqua, Chair of St. Advisory Board Water JPI, Researcher at IRSA-CNR, Italy
    Key research needs in the field of Water Resources Management: suggestions from the EU networks in the water sector: WssTP, Water/FACCE JPI´s and EurAqua
    - Lucio Ubertini &  Paolo Buonora, UNESCO
      Adriatic-Tyrrhenian: slow mobility between the two seas and novel water and terrestrial pathways.

    16:00-17:00 . SESSION 2
    Sustainable farming systems under Mediterranean environmental constraints
    (Chairs: Florence Jacquet, INRA . FR ; Cosimo Lacirignola, CIHEAM . IT)

    Round Table
    - Moez Jebara, Centre de Biotechnologie Borj Cedria, Tunisia
    Cooperation within the PRIMA programme to address the climate changes challenges to sustainable agriculture in Mediterranean
    - Michele Pisante, CREA, Italy
    Sustainable Crop Production Intensification: the innovations for Mediterranean area
    - Adel Aboul Naga, Animal Production Research Institute, Egypt,
    Sustainable farming systems in the dry area of the Mediterranean (facing global and local changes)

    17:00-18:00 . SESSION 3
    Mediterranean food value chain for regional and local development
    (Chairs: Francesco Capozzi, UNIBO . IT; Abdelkader Ait El Mekki, ENA Meknes Morocco)

    Round Table
    - Cristina Di Domizio - Federalimentare . IT
    The Mediterranean bioeconomy in the Roadmap of the National Technology Cluster Agrifood: from research and innovation to training
    - Andras Sebok, Vice chair of the European collaboration of the National Food Technology Platforms
    Benefits of a value chain approach for fostering innovation and resource efficiency of Mediterranean regional and local food chains
    - Tristan Camilleri, Ministry Sustainable Develop. Environ. & Climate Change, Malta
    The Maltese case study to increase sustainability in the Mediterranean aquaculture

    18:00-18:30 . CONCLUDING REMARKS
    Ian Gauci Borda, Representative of Malta Government, 2017 EU Presidency
    EU representative
    Italian Representative

    EN/IT translation will be provided

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