Using the Brazilian aquaculture sector as a case study, the All-Atlantic Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform (AA-ATiP) Joint Pilot Action will consider the steps required in the design, implementation, and management of a multi-stakeholder All-Atlantic Aquaculture Platform, following the principles of collaboration, cooperation and shared Ocean resources. A roadmap for the strategic progress of the aquaculture sector among the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance partners will be developed with engaged stakeholders working towards identified strategic research and innovation agendas for national sustainable aquaculture development.
Ocean food resources are limited. Humans need alternate sources for seafood to feed the planet’s ever-growing population. Sustainable aquaculture is a solution but no country alone can increase aquaculture production to the needed level. International cooperation throughout the value chain is needed to promote the application in aquaculture of new and emerging technologies, innovation and business opportunities, the transfer of knowledge and technology to advance the sustainable use of marine resources for the benefit of society. The Atlantic Ocean can be a model for such stakeholder cooperation at a regional level. This Joint Pilot Action (JPA) proposes to prepare the foundations of an industry-driven, membership-based, multi-stakeholder Brazilian Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform (BrATip) that can serve as a model to other Atlantic countries, with the aim to support the application in aquaculture of new and emerging technologies, innovation and business opportunities, the transfer of knowledge and technology, and implementation of the Belem Statement for the benefit of society.
To achieve the goals established for this Joint Pilot Action (JPA), several activities are planned to be realized:
Explore interest, identify key stakeholders and organize a high-level Brokerage Event
Determine the set-up strategy of the BrATiP
Co-create the way forward towards an All-Atlantic Aquaculture Platform with BrATiP as the first stepstone
Organize Brokerage Event;
Develop an industry-driven, membership-based, multi-stakeholder Brazilian Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform – BrATiP – through shared experiences and co-design;
Develop a roadmap guiding the implementation of a future All-Atlantic aquaculture multi-stakeholder platform.
Deploy a transatlantic knowledge transfer platform focused on the Blue Economy that promotes and facilitates knowledge transfer throughout the aquaculture innovation chain towards sustainable development – the All-Atlantic aquaculture multi-stakeholder platform.
This JPA will benefit the field of aquaculture at the Atlantic Ocean by bringing together different stakeholders along the aquaculture value chain throughout the Atlantic (both European and other regions across the Atlantic). It is expected to have the following impacts:
Create win-win collaboration and business opportunities across the Atlantic region;
Join forces by bringing together projects with experience and an interest in collaborating with Brazil specifically and the South-Atlantic in general;
Improve the international cooperation in the field of sustainable aquaculture to ensure food and feed security at the Atlantic Ocean level;
Support the application in aquaculture of new and emerging technologies, innovation and business opportunities, the transfer of knowledge and technology, and implementation of the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance ambition for the benefit of society.
It will join forces, promote efficient cooperation and maximize impact by bringing together organizations and projects having experience and an interest in the aquaculture area at the Atlantic Ocean level, including the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance related projects.
The JPA will also contribute to the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance by implementing a self-sustained network of stakeholders working towards a complementary and mutually supportive research and innovation agenda promoting knowledge transfer between academia-industry-policy-society. The platforms to be created encourage new models of cooperation on a coordinated and partnership-based approach, develop common solutions in the aquaculture sector and promote capacity development through best practices exchange. There will undoubtedly be benefits to the following key common areas of interest under the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance: Climate Variability, Ocean Observation, Ocean Resources, Ocean Technology, Emerging Pollutant, Polar Research.
This JPA, led by the European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform (EATiP), is a multinational initiative based in Belgium and organized by three European countries (Belgium, Norway, and Germany) with members extending across Europe and including 16 national/regional cluster platforms, and one South American country (Brazil), with expectations to have additional participation of countries from all over the Atlantic Ocean, such as South Africa, Argentina and Cape Verde, which are prioritized target countries.
Industry (including SMEs, startups, and spinoffs), clusters, science and technology parks, technology transfer offices and initiatives, innovation agencies, universities, research and technology institutes, innovation policy makers, funding/investment-related organizations are all envisaged to contribute and cooperate during the establishment of the BrATiP and/or in the future All-Atlantic Aquaculture Platform.
For inquiries about this Joint Pilot Action, please contact the EATiP – European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform, Belgium, via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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