The outermost regions: an asset for Europe

The outermost regions: an asset for Europe

The outermost regions of the European Union from as far as the Atlantic ocean, Indian ocean, the Caribbean sea or the Amazonia, represent valuable assets to the EU in key areas such as astrophysics, oceanography, renewable sources of energy or biotechnology. The outermost regions’ “S3 Network on smart specialisation” and the “Energy OR Network” will showcase the contribution of these regions to the development of blue innovation and decarbonisation of energy, providing innovative answers to global problems, with 4 flagship projects: * SLIME: a service for the monitoring and control of energy consumption in Reunion Island – www.energies-reunion.com European Week of Regions and Cities

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Mangroves & James Kairo VUB fellowship

Mangroves & James Kairo VUB fellowship

Mangroves are the epitome of life. They harbour species and life forms that cannot be found elsewhere. But above all they are the life support of communities around the world.

Mangroves are rapidly degrading and disappearing around the world. This is of serious concern to Dr James Kairo, who has been put forward as a VUB Fellow (VUB – Vrije Universteit Brussel – Free University of Brussels)  in recognition of his unique work studying and protecting mangroves. “He is one of the most versatile and productive people I have met,” says Professor Nico Koedam.

“This award shows that no matter where you come from, you can make a difference if you fight
for local communities and local environments.” James Kairo. Read more about  VUB & James

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Serres agricoles dans les PTOM

Serres agricoles dans les PTOM

Les impacts négatifs du changement climatique ont des effets destructeurs majeurs sur les économies des États Insulaires de l’arc Caribéens; à cela peut s’ajouter non seulement les risques de catastrophes sismiques, volcaniques et de tsunami mais aussi les risques économiques dus à la faible élasticité des marchés.

Face à ces aléas, les petits agriculteurs voient régulièrement leurs efforts détruits, anéantis; mais la passion qui les anime les pousse toujours à reconstruire, toujours à se relever. Cet amour de la nature, de leurs terres, la satisfaction de pouvoir approvisionner les populations locales et les touristes avec des produits frais, naturels, fruit de leur travail fait partie de cette passion.

Face à ces aléas climatiques et économiques les innovations technologiques ont bien souvent peu d’impact mais innover c’est aussi :

  • Mieux adapter les techniques de production pour produire des fruits et légumes répondant à la demande croissante des consommateurs pour des produits naturels.
  • Mieux adapter les investissements aux risques climatiques et économiques.
  • Développer des organisations de producteurs capables de mettre en place des partenariats innovants et de rapprocher le producteur du consommateur.
  • Transmettre la passion qui anime les agriculteurs aux générations futures qui auront aussi à gérer les contraintes environnementales pour que l’espace caribéen reste un havre de détente et de relaxation pour des millions de visiteurs.

C’est avec un tel fil conducteur que le projet est allé à la rencontre des agriculteurs caribéens pour partager avec eux cette passion qui les anime.

Déclaration de Christian Harel, expert d’OCTA Innovation, après une série d’ateliers et de consultations sur les serres agricoles.

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Consultations in Wallis and Futuna

Consultations in Wallis and Futuna

Consultation with Wallis and Futuna, where there is interest in:

  • Training existing greenhouses farmers and information for other farmers interested
  • Training seminar with technical agriculture staff (including Chamber of Agriculture)

There are only 3 farms with greenhouses and one of them is the Agriculture school farm. One greenhouse farmer has already ordered some greenhouses for hydroponic production. With 10000 inhabitants, vegetable production (tomatoes, lettuce…) is mainly imported. Tools for supporting agriculture sector in this region are 11th EDF and RITA (regional network).

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Workshop in BVI

Workshop in BVI

A pilot greenhouse project would be very helpful in the British Virgin islands as it would push farmers to work together. However the availability of water for irrigation could be a serious issue if efforts are not made for ensuring water in quantity and quality. For a pilot greenhouse project it is recommended to preferably use good governmental land with centralised irrigation water. This approach must involve small and young farmers.

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Workshop in Montserrat

Workshop in Montserrat

Greenhouses are the most secure way how to increase benefits of the local agriculture, and reduce importation. Therefore there was strong interest in Monserrat. The country would have good opportunity by developing pineapple (organic production with support of CIRAD from Martinique). In fact before volcano erupted in the end of the nineties there was a lot of pineapples production. Providing water storage is developed it could be possible to re-launch such a crop on very fertile ashes soil close to Plymouth (old capital). A mission to Costa Rica could be useful for identifying the best varieties and accessing young plants.

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