The BIOEAST Initiative represents the joint efforts by Visegrad Group and other CEE countries. A macro-regional Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda should lead to enforced policy making at national level, enhanced cooperation with other EU countries and forward-looking participation in the Euro-pean Research Area (ERA).

What are the objectives of BIOEAST?

Our objective is to improve the sustainable growth of knowledge-based agriculture, aquaculture and forestry in the bioeconomy in the CEE regions.

The actions we propose to reach this objective are:

  • Initiate cooperation: establish a multi-stakeholder network to facilitate joint actions;
  • Provide an evidence base: establish data-driven support for implementation of policies;
  • Focus on research: map specific challenges for a Strategic Research Agenda;
  • Improve skills: train a new generation of dedicated multi-stakeholder actors;
  • Develop synergies: promote regional, national, EU and international funding opportunities;
  • Increase visibility: draw attention to specific challenges of the CEE regions.

What is the thematic scope of BIOEAST?

Theme 1: Climate change challenges in the Continental and Pannonian Bio-geographical Regions

  • Sustainable intensification of plant production (by maintaining soil conditions and im-proving water management) and livestock production (by decreasing harmful impact of emissions, gases);
  • Sustainable extensification by maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services (in-cluding the role of pollinators, sustainable use of genetic resources);
  • Improvement of organic farming in terms of production technology;
  • The reduction of high dependence on nonrenewable energy sources;
  • Exploiting the potential for protein crop production;
  • Strengthen the Region as a buffer zone against emerging and changing pathogens;
  • Sustainable, efficient and competitive freshwater fish production.

Theme 2: Policy and governance challenges in the economically less developed EU regions

  • Motivating knowledge-based modern farming (economic optimization of production systems) and cooperation among farmers;
  • Supporting the generation change of the first entrepreneurs in the agrifood sector;
  • Improving supply chain efficiency and increasing its added value;
  • Increasing consumer awareness in mistrustful and price sensitive societies;
  • Increasing the value added use of agricultural and forestry biomass;
  • Experiences of less developed EU regions in social integration challenges such as food, energy or social care security.