Welcome to the ASEM Aquaculture Platform

The ASEM Aquaculture Platform intends to work out an action-oriented agenda for co-operation and to develop a multi-stakeholder platform for dialogue, networking and continued coordination concerning sustainable aquaculture between EU and Asia.
Through its different stakeholders the platform aims to reconcile ecological and socio-economic demands and introduce or consolidate concepts of sustainability in aquaculture development in both regions. The platform connects experts, the public and policy-makers by disseminating knowledge up to policy levels as well as down to farmers or consumers.

The platform is supported by the FP7 programme of the European Commission and by the Flemish Research Council.

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Introductory business trips to Vietnamese and Chinese aquaculture sector

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).

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Link with industry

OBJECTIVES

Create structural bonds between the European and Asian aquaculture industry and facilitate opportunities for mutually beneficial interactions.

ACTION PLAN

  • Establish an Asia desk within EATIP
  • 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

OUTCOMES

  • Introductory business trips to Vietnam and China for interested European entrereneurs

PARTNERS

EATIP (Coordinator), Ghent University

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Food safety

Food safety & Certification

OBJECTIVES

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.

ACTIVITIES

  • 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    

PARTNERS

VIFInet (Coordinator), HAKI, NACA, EATIP, FAO, WWF Vietnam

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Gender & related issues

Empowering vulnerable stakeholder groups

OBJECTIVES

  • 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

ACTIVITIES

  • 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  

PARTNERS

UPM (Coordinator), WUR, UOS, NACA, HAKI, AFS, FAO  

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