Circular Horticulture

How to increase circularity in protected horticulture?

This Focus Group is ongoing.


  • Assess existing practices in protected horticulture and their potential to better re-use or recycle water, materials and by-products, identify good practices and success stories from different parts of Europe, taking into account different climatic conditions, agro systems and specifically focusing on farmers' and advisers' experiences.
  • Compare different management practices taking into account the feasibility and cost-effectiveness at individual farm level or through collective approaches, and identify success factors (such as knowledge requirements, crucial partnerships) and technical/economic barriers, or other fail factors.
  • Identify how these practices may be transferred to other conditions (location, type of production) and how.
  • Identify tools to help farmers and advisers assess the opportunities for re-use and re-cycling of resource inputs at farm and regional levels.
  • Identify innovative business models for horticultural enterprises.
  • Identify further research needs from practice, possible gaps in technical knowledge, and further research needs.
  • Suggest innovative solutions and provide ideas for EIP-AGRI Operational Groups and other innovative projects.


Other information:

Focus Group members:

Surname, first name Profession Country
Bartzanas, Thomas
Researcher Greece
Beerling, Ellen Researcher Netherlands
Berckmoes, Els Researcher Belgium
Blanco, Belén Researcher Spain
Caceres, Rafaela Researcher Spain
Costa, Joaquim Miguel Researcher Portugal
Di Lonardo, Sara Researcher Italy
Egea Gonzalez, Francisco Researcher Spain
Garcia, Javier
Farmer Spain
Grade, Stefanie Researcher Germany
Grenet, Alain Civil servant France
Lemmens, Patrick Adviser Netherlands
Magán, Juan José Researcher Spain
Massa, Daniele Researcher Italy
Morel Chevillet, Guillaume Researcher France
Nicola, Silvana
Researcher Italy
Pušenjak, Miša Adviser Slovenia
Vandecasteele, Bart Researcher Belgium
Vanninen, Irene Researcher Finland
Veberic, Robert Researcher Slovenia
Facilitation team
Katsoulas, Nikolaos
Coordinating expert Greece
Morin, Alexandre
Task manager France
Desimpelaere, Koen
Backup Belgium


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