The Alliance for an equal and peaceful governance of Energy, Water, Landscape protection and bio Materials has been launched by research laboratories and businesses representative organisations in order to inaugurate an innovative and proactive way of cooperation between Africa and Europe for the sustainable exploitation of natural and cultural resources. The partners seeks to develop programmes in order to create a green future for our planet, where the human and natural resources are used efficiently and where the partnerships for innovation and development take the place of an out-dated aid cooperation model.
The world is currently facing an unprecedented crisis that challenges our development models. Today, the economy, as well as the climate change and our increasing dependence to certain natural resources require us to put in place a new development strategy. The ARTES institute is committed to the mobilisation of a network to respond to these challenges. An answer has to be find, and the Bioeconomy and the sharing and joint development of the necessary know-how with developing regions have to be considered seriously.
ARTES strongly believes that the classic transfer of know-how is not efficient and it promotes an equal cooperation between the different partners in the elaboration of the development programmes. The projects the Alliance wishes to propose, are all deeply rooted in the knowledge-based approach to the BioEconomy (KBBE). The BioEconomy has been defined by the European Commission as the part of the economy that uses renewable biological resources from land and sea – such as crops, forests, fish, animals and micro-organisms – to produce food, materials and energy. The Alliance shares this view, which sees BioEconomy as an extraordinary lever for the deep regeneration and fast growth of our declining economy.
As the initiator and one of the founders of the Alliance, ARTES is also coordinating the International Secretariat of the consortium. Since its creation, ARTES was committed to the development and implementation of projects in the fields of territorial regeneration and green innovation. It is in this continuity that the institute pursues now its action in the field of KBBE and is motivated to participate and dedicate itself fully to this new challenge. The main tasks of the international secretariat include, amongst others, the search for programmes addressing the core purpose of the partnership, the promotion of joint research and programmes as well as the negotiations for their funding, and the advocacy of the Alliance core purpose.
The objective of the Alliance is to build a public private partnership (PPP) in the pursuit of inclusive and sustainable growth in developing areas as well as in Europe. In this line, the different partners, among which universities, research centres and laboratories, high education institutes, as well as companies’ associations and governmental bodies, are committed to a multilateral, stable and effective collaboration. The consortium aims to support the partners in anticipating trends and disclosing opportunities for a wise use of natural resources, cultural heritage and human capital, especially in the most fragile territories of the planet, throughout access and fair use of multilateral and bilateral funds, providing the partners with shared expertise in resource investigation, project design, and management support system
The creation of the consortium is based on a twofold objective. On the one side, the partners believe in the importance of the development of projects involving all the actors concerned by the changes proposed in a specific area. The priority aspect of any consortium initiative is the aware participation of beneficiary country(ies)’ population, as well as the mutual sharing of know-how, which is considered much more valuable than the one-directional system of the traditional aid to development. On the other side, the Bioeconomy plays a crucial role in the projects the Alliance wants to implement. The use of renewable and sustainable resources is seen as a vital alternative to the use of traditional resources, which, with the evolution and sharing of know-how, could be mostly replaced by biological resources from farms, forest, seas and organic wastes.
The transition to a Knowledge Based BioEconomy, while enhancing the economic activity, also neutralises the risks of harmful conflicts for scarce resources and natural disasters related to the environment irresponsible exploitation.
ART – Africa Reinassance Time (Burundi)
ARTES – Applied Research Into Training and Education Systems (Italy)
BOKU – The University of Natural Science and Life Science BOKU, Department for Agrobiotechnology, Institute for Environmental Biotechnology (Austria)
CDCIK – Associazione per il commercio Italo- Kenyana (Italy)
EACCIA – The East African Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agricolture (Kenya)
ENEA – The National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development. Department of Energetic Technologies and Department of Sustainability and Territorial Systems
ESTESIA – The ESTESIA Foundation (Burundi)
SUPSI - The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland. Department of Business Economics, Health, and Social Care (Switzerland)
UNICAL – The University of Calabria. Department of Law and Business Administration (DISCAG)
UNIFI – The University of Florence. Department of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Systems (GESAAF)
UNINA – The University of Naples Federico II. Interdepartmental Research Center for Environment (CIRAM)
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