Health and Environment

Citizen-Led Air Pollution Reduction in Cities (CLAiR-City)

CLAiR-City is a research and innovation project that aims to substantially improve future air quality and carbon policies in European cities by initiating new modes of engaging citizens, stakeholders and policy makers (www.claircity.eu). The goal of multi-stakeholder engagement is to stimulate the public involvement necessary to tackle challenging emissions problems through the development of a range of citizen-led future scenario and policy packages towards 2050

The project held its kick-off in Bristol, UK, on May 25 and 26, 2016. Consortium partners discussed the CLAiR-City project approaches and the content and timeline of the work packages. The REC team is responsible for the work package on citizen and stakeholder engagement, and supports the implementation of project activities in Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Sosnowiec (Poland). Involving citizens and stakeholders in policies on air quality, carbon management and public health in cities is a new approach, thus communication tools need to be carefully prepared to translate key research messages into practical policy measures.

Effective Management of Pests and Harmful Alien Species: Integrated Solutions (EMPHASIS)

The EMPHASIS project held a successful third consortium and first evaluation meeting at the REC on October 10–14, 2016. The event began with a socio-technological learning lab at the Agricultural Research Institute in Martonvasar, Hungary. Experts from several European countries discussed the project’s multi-actor approach with local agricultural experts and farmers. The discussions also covered needs and challenges in terms of the improved and preventive management of pests; and the positive economic, environmental and social impacts of integrated pest management.

Two international external experts undertook a first review of the implementation of the EMPHASIS project, to monitor the achievement of goals and outcomes during the first project period. The integrated mechanisms that ensure prediction and prevention, and the protection of agriculture and forestry systems, were highlighted during the expert discussion, along with the need to prepare a comprehensive business plan. The REC is responsible for the work package on dissemination and training and is making use of different communication channels and networks to spread the research outcomes for the benefit of sustainable agricultural and forestry systems.

Health and Environment
GROWING IMPACTS
Integrated pest management has economic, environmental and social benefits.