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Research and innovation

Why do we need global partnerships?

International collaboration on the bioeconomy is crucial, as common global challenges such as climate change, increasing population, land degradation, biodiversity loss and ocean pollution require a common approach between the Commission and its international partners.

Initiatives supported by the EU

The Commission has led the development of the following major international research cooperation initiatives or partnerships

Global Bioeconomy Summit

The Global Bioeconomy Summit (GBS) is a forum to discuss emerging opportunities and challenges of the bioeconomy and develop visions for a future sustainable bioeconomy: key actors come from governments, science, business and civil society. The Commission is a partner of the GBS 2020.

International Bioeconomy Forum (IBF)

The International Bioeconomy Forum is a platform for regular, strategic international cooperation building policy coherence and exploiting synergies between countries and regions to support the development of a sustainable, global bioeconomy.

EU-Africa research and innovation partnership on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture (FNSSA)

Partnership to boost the impact of AU-EU research at local level. Part of the EU-Africa High-Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) 

Read more about the FNSSA partnership and funded projects.

Partnership for research and innovation in the Mediterranean area (PRIMA)

PRIMA is a public-public partnership fostering joint research and innovation activities among Mediterranean countries. It aims at developing innovative and sustainable solutions in agriculture, food production and water provision, encouraging application by communities, enterprises and citizens.

Read more about PRIMA