Circular economy principles make activities more sustainable and competitive. The INTEGRATE project will foster a quintuple helix cooperation to promote the industrial transition, finding sustainable ways to address an imbalance of resources towards Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) in the Atlantic Area. The project will develop effective tools to increase competitiveness while removing the barriers to sectoral green growth and improving the quality and public image of the aquatic products. Though its development is encouraged by major policies (EU Blue Growth Strategy, Atlantic Action Plan, RIS3), there are many limits (socio-economic, administrative and legal) and challenges that need to be solved in order to benefit from its potential to increase competitiveness, productivity and profitability while minimizing environmental impacts related to waste production.
The INTEGRATE project aims to strengthen transnational and collaborative networking among research, business-industry groups and civil society on eco-efficient aquaculture techniques through a territorially based cooperation approach. This will be achieved by embracing and communicating the principles and benefits of eco-innovation and eco-efficiency, in which the concept of IMTA is based. Furthermore, it will facilitate the consecution of strategic regional goals as the industry transitions to resource-efficient technologies (aquaculture is a sector highlighted in EU Blue Growth Strategy).
Expected Results (EN):
Strengthen transnational and collaborative networking among research, business-industry groups and civil society on eco-efficient aquaculture techniques through a territorially based cooperation approach.
Expected Outputs (EN):
• 23 technical publications and scientific articles;
• 55 actions for dissemination and capitalization of results;
• Production and dissemination of a policy briefing document for each country within the project;
• Reinforce and increase the RDI solutions offered to SMEs in aquaculture;
• 1 industry standard to implement IMTA in the Atlantic region;
• 39 case studies and pilot actions implemented: case studies develop to analyse producers and stakeholders IMTA perception and 3 models of pilot actions implemented through 4 regions;
• 7 policy, strategy and operational instruments produced boosting a regulatory framework;
Beneficiary target groups include SMEs, business associations, knowledge transfer agents, market representatives and civil society comprising the whole aquaculture value chain.