In order to give European industry representatives the opportunity to get a better insight in the Vietnamese and Chinese aquaculture industry and eventually make first contacts for business partnerships, business trips to Vietnam and to China is organised together with EATIP's Asia Desk and Vietnamese partners (Directory of Fisheries - MARD, Can Tho University, Research Institute for Aquaculture n°2 - Ho Chi Minh City) resp. Chinese partners (China AquaFishNet).
The ASEM Aquaculture Platform defined a series of issues that are considered to be crucial for a successful Asian-European cooperation in aquaculture. Through a EU funded FP7 project, these themes will be addressed in the period 2010-2013.
Create structural bonds between the European and Asian aquaculture industry and facilitate opportunities for mutually beneficial interactions.
Establish a mixed and representative working group to identify opportunities & threats associated with Asian-European aquaculture industry links
Draft a roadmap for establishing structural links with the Asian aquaculture related industries, defining how both Asian and EU partners can gain and realise value
Stakeholder meetings with key partners from China, Thailand and Vietnam: map opportunities for interaction with industry
Platform meeting for EU and Asian industry partners: in China, Thailand and Vietnam. Presentation of European and Asian industry sectors and partner organizations
Develop action plans for different industry sectors: production sector, hardware industry, feed companies, pharmaceutical companies, processing/retailer sector
- Introductory business trips to Vietnam and China for interested European entrereneurs
EATIP (Coordinator), Ghent University
Food safety & Certification
Support the dialogue on the development of aquaculture certification schemes, and incorporation of science-based information from Asian and EU partners into the formulation of certification, and associated food safety and legislation. Through the harmonisation of the divergent initiatives, this workpackage implicitly contributes to the improvement of the coordination of related research activities and its funding.
- Set-up a Euro-Asian working group on aquaculture certification
- Map aquaculture certification activities in Europe and Asia
- Organise a workshop on Asian Aquaculture certification experiences and its impact on product quality
- Formulate recommendations for future certification schemes that unify Asian (producers) and European (consumers/policy makers’) interests
VIFInet (Coordinator), HAKI, NACA, EATIP, FAO, WWF Vietnam
Empowering vulnerable stakeholder groups
To share country experiences and best practices regarding poverty eradication and gender issues in aquatic food production
Increase knowledge and skills in gender analysis and gender mainstreaming in aquatic food production
To identify strategies to promote appropriate technologies and greater women participation for vulnerable groups in aquatic food production
To develop action plans towards empowering poor farmers and women in aquatic food production
- To share country experiences and best practices on poverty eradication by addressing the gender issues
- Increase knowledge and skills in gender analysis and gender mainstreaming
- To identify strategies to promote appropriate technologies and greater participation of vulnerable stakeholder groups
- To develop action plans towards empowering poor farmers and women in aquatic food production
- Map relevant ongoing research projects and report to national and international funding agencies (incl. Commission organizations)
- To establish networking among workshop participants and facilitate new initiatives
UPM (Coordinator), WUR, UOS, NACA, HAKI, AFS, FAO