The idea of the project proposal is to become a “bearer of change” in addressing environmental risks in agriculture uniting farmers and scientific communities in a network and involving them as active participants in risk assessment, prevention and management. The activities and the sustainability of the established network will be provided through an interactive on-line platform raising awareness, providing information and training, as well as a communication space in environmental risks.
The Balkan countries are interesting from the point of view of environmental security. Some of them are in EU, some still are not. In the recent past the region suffered capacity shortages in the area of environmental protection and disaster risk reduction. There is numerous evidence that the awareness about that is low and the reactions of state, regional and municipal authorities are far away of adequate. The main question is about food safety and risk communication in society.
Main objective of the project is to create a platform for capacity building in order to enhance environmental security effectiveness through development of risk management models and improvement of preparedness and resilience of small farms with specific accent on environmental risks. The on-line platform will be a space to “share” and communicate, i.e. the establishment of a network of small farms and local communities connected with scientists working in the field of raising awareness
The project key activities are: establishing contacts with target groups and needs analyses.; setting up a platform; preparation of information and training materials; implementation of pilot training in the platform; foundation of a network; elaboration of models for risk assessment, prevention and management.
The project will start with analyses of current needs and collection of opinions about the network establishment which will provide the effective implementation of the next steps. This will lead to identification of needs to monitor, for example, some specific risks in agriculture. The activities will focus on networking, discussions and training of target groups to recognize the problem and three phase process Predict, Prioritize, Prevent-P3.
Target groups in this project are holders of small farms in Balkan rural regions, training or research institutions, etc.They will be involved in the network aiming at capacity building in environmental risks.
Main characteristics of the region are the small size of the agricultural holdings and the deepening processes of abandonment of rural regions and so far focus is based on increasing competitiveness of small and medium size enterprises.
The idea is different of others because the project proposal addresses involvement of the specific group of small farmers and scientists in a specific field of management. Small farmers in the region function as separate entities striving to survive in the great competition by their own. The efforts in addressing common challenges are not united. Information they need is scattered over different media and is difficult to be understood.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Administration (office expenses, telephone, documentation, materials) 2,500.00 Personnel costs 22,000.00 Expert fees 2,500.00 Travel (domestic, international) 3,000.00 Accommodation and subsidence 5 000.00 Equipment - IT Technics on line platform 7,300.00 Equipment - field and lab equipment 2,700.00 Event costs (room rentals, materials) 2,000.00 Public relations -dissemination of results (design, leaflets, promo materials, documentations, seminars) 1,700.00 Unforeseen 1, 200.00
The project will be successful if more actors join and give their ideas and feedback. We will rely on the platform for this in order to assure sustainability of the project activities and expansion of scope in later stages. Our main goal is not just to establish something but to continue to work and develop. This could be done through a broad participatory approach which we could put into force through the platform and dissemination. It will also be provide with sign of MoU between partners.