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Knowledge Based Bio-Economy

International cooperation

To tackle the Horizon 2020 challenges in the areas of Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy, scientists across the world need to combine their talents to exploit new and emerging research and innovation opportunities.

The related global social, environmental and economic challenges include the growing demand for safer, healthier, and higher-quality food, threats to the sustainability and security of agricultural, aquaculture and fisheries production, and the sustainable production and use of renewable bio-resources.

Specific actions such as the EU-US Taskforce on Biotechnology Research are undertaken to foster cooperation with priority partner regions and countries, particularly those involved in bi-regional dialogues and bilateral Science and Technology Agreements.

Multilateral cooperation, such as the International KBBE Forum – a unique multi-partner cooperation initiative addresses the challenges requiring broad international efforts.

Other targeted actions and dialogue include regions and countries, such as China (EU-China Task Force on Agriculture, Food and Biotechnology) and India, or Russia (EC-Russia Working Group on Agro-Bio-Food). The specific needs of certain regions, such as Latin America, are considered as well, and cooperation with Africa also has important opportunities for development.

The role of bilateral and bi-regional policy dialogues gains importance, in order to prepare portfolios of more targeted and specific international cooperation actions for the future. Several of the research and innovation needs related to the Bioeconomy areas require the concerted efforts of other societal challenges of Horizon 2020, and therefore will need to be addressed through cross-cutting, international cooperation relevant actions.

The e-library section contains country or region specific international cooperation catalogues of projects relevant to the Bioeconomy areas.