As the INTEGRATE work plan unfolds, 2019 has brought us the implementation of new project actions in Work Packages 3 and 6.
WP 3 Capitalization
WP 3 leader SAMS is leading the organisation of a series of workshops to look at eco-efficient innovative technology for aquaculture in each of the Atlantic Area countries (Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Portugal and Spain). These will be one-day events targeting industry and research professionals and they are likely to tie in with living labs where relevant partners will be demonstrating their IMTA pilot actions to interested parties.
Workshops will focus on the circular economy aspect of IMTA and its potential to change the environmental footprint of aquaculture in the Atlantic regions where the project is being implemented.
Finally, INTEGRATE partners have also started to collect inputs for policy documents covering each of the five Atlantic Area countries. These will outline the regulatory situation IMTA faces in the larger aquaculture framework. We envisage this being used by each partner as a policy briefing with their governmental regulators, both to address bottlenecks to development, and to raise the profile and potential of IMTA in each country.
WP 6 Defining a framework for IMTA development: Action plan for the Atlantic Area
New WP 6 actions entail the diagnosis of the regulation environment affecting IMTA in each of the Atlantic Area countries. Partners are working on SWOT matrices to assess technical, environmental, social and economic aspects related to IMTA development in each country. WP 6 leader Agrocampus Ouest is processing the results to highlight the main challenges that need to be overcome in order to flesh out IMTA development in the Atlantic Area.
Agrocampus Ouest is engaged in producing a set of indicators to assess Atlantic Area countries’ IMTA regulation environments.
WP 6 concludes with partners drawing up a strategy and an attached action plan for the development of IMTA in the Atlantic Area. This includes:
- The main challenges that IMTA development faces in terms of aquaculture sustainability;
- An overview of the current situation of IMTA in the Atlantic Area resulting from the outcomes of WP 6 actions 1 & 2, i.e. map of IMTA in the Atlantic Area, identification of levers and bottlenecks to IMTA development and assessment of stakeholder attitudes;
- The main challenges to be overcome by IMTA practitioners with recommendations and propositions to improve the current situation, as well as suggestions for partnerships to set-up these propositions;
- A set of conclusions highlighting the priority research lines and the partners that need to be involved in order to carry out the proposed action plan.