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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.
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:
INTEGRATE national expert groups have identified the need for a European consensus definition of IMTA to help pave the way towards the commercial upscaling of IMTA in the Atlantic Area.
We have set out to organise an IMTA definition event with European and relevant international institutions which is due to take place on the 9th of May 2019. The Interreg Atlantic Area Managing Authority, Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento do Norte, will be hosting the event at its headquarters in the charming Portuguese city of Porto.
The European Commission has included INTEGRATE’s IMTA definition event in the list of European Maritime Day In My Country Events 2019
INTEGRATE partners are currently contacting IMTA experts from the Atlantic Area countries (Spain, Portugal, France, United Kingdom, Ireland) to invite them to join us for the discussions in Porto.
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The event will be split into 3 main plenary sessions focusing on the presentation of IMTA:
European colleagues involved in IMTA projects will share their experience and their vision for IMTA development with participants.
The programme also includes 3 workshops where participants will discuss:
The workshops have been designed to provide a suitable environment to discuss the INTEGRATE strategy for the development of IMTA in the Atlantic Area and its attached action plan and deliver meaningful outcomes to help drive its implementation stage in france. French stakeholders (industry, academia, professional organisations, administrations, etc.) attending the event will be given the chance to make suggestions and comment on the action plan, thus delivering on the INTEGRATE participatory approach to the completion of Work Package 6.
INTEGRATE partners NUIG and ISC will lead discussions with Irish experts on the topic of IMTA and its environmental and social implications on 7 and 8 February 2019.
Roundtable agenda: Project INTEGRATE_IMTA Environmental and Social workshop