Towards farms with zero carbon-, waste- and water-footprint. Roadmap for sustainable management strategies for Balkan agricultural sector
|Specific Objective||Sustainable Territories|
|Call||1st Call for Project Proposals|
|Lead Partner||Benaki Phytopathological Institute|
"Macedonian" Organic Producers Federation
Agricultural University of Tirana
American Farm School
Association of Agri-Environmental Farmers
Foundation for Research & Technology - Hellas (FORTH), Institute for Mediterranean Studies
Open University of Cyprus
BalkanROAD has two orientations, which will be combined and integrated into a Balkan Roadmap and are anticipated to open new trade horizons for Balkan agricultural products, boosting also local and national economies; namely:
- to improve Balkan agricultural environment by developing strategies, methodologies and technologies for natural resources conservation (soil, water, air), reduction of GHGs, reduction of waste generation/disposal and increase recycling/reuse ratio in farm systems;
- to develop a common Balkan Protocol for the production of eco-labeled agricultural products, by putting in force sustainable practices throughout the entire production line (i.e from the field to the market) so that the final products will have measurable, comparable and ultimately the lowest possible environmental footprint.
A fully automated, robust but also flexible system (the ROAD tool) for recording, calculating and reporting the environmental footprint of the marketable products will be tested and demonstrated in 3 agricultural pilot enterprises in Greece, Bulgaria and FYROM.Stakeholders have a strong participatory role. A multidisciplinary group of 15 stakeholders from all 5 five participating countries, operating in agricultural sector will be involved in the project’s actions and cooperate in order to
- identify problems, gaps and propose most appropriate solutions;
- provide the consortium with data for the development of the Roadmap; and
- identify the appropriate policies and governmental instruments for Roadmap adoption by national policies and implementation at local/regional/national level.
To ensure sustainability of project’s outcomes, a broader stakeholders’ network has already been established, namely “ROAD for Balkan Agriculture”, who are ready to follow project’s outcomes, express their point of view during transnational dialogue events and diffuse data and information to the wider agricultural, market and societal networks, in which they belong.