Last November, BioMonitor participated in the 10th Bioeconomy Stakeholders Panel. Dusan Drabik, project deputy co-ordinator from Wageningen University represented our project. Dusan presented BioMonitor and its approach and took part in the panel debate.
The core objective of BioMonitor is to address a fundamental need from stakeholders in the bioeconomy area: monitoring effectively the bioeconomy and its economic, environmental, and social impacts through solid statistical data sets. BioMonitor will contribute to addressing this need by filling in existing data gaps and enhancing the modelling tools currently used. This approach is integrated by a stakeholder engagement leg, whereby representatives from industry and policy sectors as well as statistical offices, will be invited to join the training sessions organised by BioMonitor. The objective of such training initiative is twofold: the sessions will serve dissemination purpose and will validate the data and the modelling framework which will be developed by our project.
The Bioeconomy Stakeholder panel was originally set up in 2013 and renewed into its current shape in 2016. Its ultimate goal is to bring together representatives from the different sectors involved in the bioeconomy and facilitate a mutual exchange of ideas based on everyone’s perspectives. Key representatives from the industry, the Commission’s DG RTD, as well as academia, attended the 10th meeting of the panel.
One of the members of the Panel is CEN – European Committee for Standardization which is linked to NEN – The Netherlands Standardization Institute, partner of BioMonitor in charge of “Trainings and overall stakeholder engagement” activities.
Aspects related to the bioeconomy at a regional level have been a recurring theme in the debate. On the one hand, there is a need for regional data on socio-economic and environmental impacts brought by the bioeconomy; on the other, regional policymakers need data and tools to benchmark and compare the performance of their own region through data sets universally used in the European Union.
According to Dusan, “People in the EU regions need to understand the importance of the bioeconomy better”: This is the first step BioMonitor will be acting on prior to building its analytical tools and monitoring system.
The meeting was fruitful for our project and triggered a constructive exchange with other H2020 initiatives from the same domain and with representatives of those stakeholders groups who will eventually benefit from our initiative.
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