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Get involved! Different ways to be part of RUSTICA Project…
The main method of involvement will be through workshops. For each region, at least six workshops with a minimum of 10 participants will be organised in the course of the coming four years (2021-2024).
EVILVO (Flanders), as multi-disciplinary independent research institute focussing on sustainable agriculture and fisheries from an economic, ecological and social perspective, designs the multi-actor plan for the project, in consultation with the other RUSTICA partners. The main aim is to consult different types of stakeholders apart from the project partners, to ensure the development of biobased fertilisers that are relevant to the involved regions where RUSTICA plans to establish knowledge exchange networks (Flanders (BE), Almeria (ES), Friuli-Venezia Giulia (IT), Pays de la Loire (FR) and Valle del Cauca (CO)).
All stakeholders along the value chain, from waste producers, over technology providers, farmer associations, biobased fertiliser producers & users, experts in legal/safety & sustainability analysis, business developers, etc., will be asked to be involved in these workshops. This way, apart from rich knowledge exchange opportunities, also different networking opportunities will be created. Moreover, at least two international workshops (one in Brussels and one in South America) will be organised to discuss with the relevant stakeholders the technical, market, and business solutions RUSTICA proposes.
Stakeholders located in the different regions, but also operating on EU and global level, interested in participating in the RUSTICA project are kindly invited to fill out the expression of interest with their contact information on the RUSTICA website (https://rusticaproject.eu/multi-actor-approach-network/ ). This way, RUSTICA partners can contact these stakeholders to invite them to take part in workshops or other knowledge exchange activities.
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