Biobridges and Biovoices projects

Biomass & Farms – Agricultural and forestry biomass as innovation boost for small scale farms

Portugal covers an area of 89 089 km² of which 81% is rural. Of the total area, 47% is agricultural land while forests cover 39%.
Portuguese agriculture is very diverse due to different soil, climate and landscape characteristics; 91% of the farms are considered as small-scale structures in comparison with the remaining 9% characterised by average and large farms.
Consequently, one of the key challenges for the current period of the EU Framework Programme is to improve the competitiveness of small farms, by promoting better cooperation and concentration, including engaging producer organisations, while at the same time continuing to support the needed generation renewal.
In this context agricultural and forestry biomass can be for Portugal a key enabling factor for introducing small farms as an important actor of sustainable circular value chains.
But how to do that?
Biobridges and BIOVOICES projects boast wide experience in approaches based in co-creation initiatives, which are essential to capture the social needs and aspirations on the ground, unlocking the bioeconomic potential of agroforestry and boosting rural growth.
A direct involvement of bioeconomy stakeholders will allow them to be informed, to access and to fully utilise the advances in research and development, and benefit from them. For instance, ensuring that rural businesses of all types and sizes have access to appropriate technology and new management tools can contribute to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits.
This calls first for the ENGAGEMENT and second for the COOPERATION of a broad range of actors, ranging from biomass producers and bio-based industries to policy makers and consumers.
Biobridges and BIOVOICES are exactly aiming at engaging key stakeholders for tackling these two fundamental and interrelated phases.

At EUBCE 2019, during the hosted event Waste to Product, Biobridges and BIOVOICES will be running interactive sessions (through Mentimeter) with the audience in order to:

  1. Identify local needs and gaps for the creation of agricultural waste/forestry biomass value chains and identify the bottlenecks in Portugal

  2. Propose standardized solutions to be adapted to the case/s identified in the previous session
    (i.e.: creation of a highly qualified regional/national Working Group embracing municipalities’ representatives)
  1. Create a Position Paper (based on the identified needs/gaps and proposed solutions/activities): participants willing to participate in the interactive sessions, will be asked to share their email address with the projects. A temporary mailing list will be created and subsequently asked for the signing of the document.

The higher expertise and critical mass of the signatories, the more effective aftermaths.

Agenda

10:15 – Welcome and registration

10:30 – Introduction to the BIOVOICES and Biobridges project
LOBA, coordinator of Biobridges and partner of BIOVOICES

10:40 – Current status of Portuguese agriculture: strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for small farms in Portugal
LOBA, coordinator of Biobridges and partner of BIOVOICES

11:00 – Introducing small farms into sustainable circular value chains: The experience of LIPOR and their organic farming fertiliser NUTRIMAIS
LIPOR, entity responsible for the waste management of 8 municipalities (Espinho, Gondomar, Maia, Matosinhos, Porto, Póvoa de Varzim, Valongo and Vila do Conde)

11:30 – Interactive session with Mentimeter

12:00 – Conclusions and future steps for the follow up
LOBA, coordinator of Biobridges and partner of BIOVOICES

Wednesday 29 May, 10:15 - 12:15

Room 1.05

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Registration

To attend this event please make a regular conference registration for at least the day of the event.

Registrations: https://www.biovoices-platform.eu/registeredarea/mmls/viewMml/4537

Please note that this Programme may be subject to alteration and the organisers reserve the right to do so without giving prior notice.