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OPERA Research Centre is glad to present you our new project: SIA Network – EU Sustainable Intensive Agriculture Network.
During the consultations and the workshops with our stakeholders on the subject of CAP and sustainable agriculture, emerged the need to improve the connection and the exchange of knowledge and information among academics, policymakers and business representatives.
Despite the huge amount of researches and studies have been made on the CAP and on the sustainable agriculture, we can go further, being pro-active, and help the policymakers to be more efficient.
The mission of SIA Network is to promote and facilitate the debate and dialog between academics, policymakers and business representatives, in order to create and promote economic, social and environmentally sustainable production solutions for the development of European agriculture within the wider context of addressing the challenges associated with food security, resource use, social acceptance and economic efficiency.
SIA Network will be presented in occasion of the 6th OPERA Roundtable on CAP Reform, organized on the 26th of March under the umbrella of the Forum for the Future of Agriculture 2012 (for more information on the event and to register to attend it, please click here)
SIA Network will start as an OPERA initiative, developing a think-tank type of organization.
The work and outputs of this Network will be based and focused on consolidation of existing science and knowledge, as well as to provide and communicate new knowledge and practical guidance on SIA.
Our target is to shape public and political opinion on agriculture in EU by providing sound and pragmatic technical and policy recommendations.1. Mission
To promote and facilitate debate and dialog between academics, policy makers and business representatives, in order to create and promote economic, social and environmentally sustainable production solutions for the development of European agriculture within the wider context of addressing the challenges associated with food security, resource use, social acceptance and economic efficiency.2. Objectives
The work and outputs of this Network need to be practically based and should focus on consolidation of existing science and knowledge
To provide and communicate new knowledge and practical guidance on SIA
To shape public and political opinion on agriculture in the EU by providing sound and pragmatic technical and policy recommendations
The membership will be organized in two tiers as follows:
Individual Members, organized as:
Permanent members which will include ‘active’ key scientists from different EU member states and key policy makers.
Associated members which will include scientists, diplomats from member states, farmer or industry associations or other individuals interested in the activity of SIA Network based on free subscription to follow SIA Network activities.
Organisational Partners – this will be constituted by organisations supporting the activity of SIA Network, organized in three levels: leading members, participating members and associated members.
The individuals becoming a member of the SIA Network will benefit through the involvement in the activities of the network (task force activities, workshops, seminars, conferences), proposing issues of interest for the activity of the network, involvement in various projects build within the network and through the opportunities provided to make known their professional activity throughout Europe. The value added of this organization comes through the possibility to network with various categories of stakeholders and policy makers to create an open communication channel to link science, policy and the realities of economic activities.
Organizations will benefit from the possibility to participate in the activity of the network, propose subjects of interests for the activities of the task forces, participate to the decision process in the organization and enter into an open dialog with scientists and policy makers.