Project reports

Official ECO-Ready project reports including project deliverables that are marked as “public”

D2.1 – Stakeholder analysis report cover

D2.1 – Stakeholder analysis

Report by Konstantinos Mattas, Efthimia Tsakiridou, Foivos Anastasiadis, Nikolaos Syndoukas

The ECO-READY project aims to create an integrated real-time surveillance system and digital Observatory accessible via an e-platform and mobile app. This system will serve as a central information source, providing real-time food system assessments, frequent updates, and integration with a network of Living Labs across Europe. The purpose of this report is to improve our understanding of relevant stakeholders’ perception, intentions, and level of awareness regarding climate change, biodiversity, and food security, as well as consumers' needs, interests, and behavioural change triggers toward more sustainable consumption. AUTH designed and led four focus groups implemented virtually, dedicated to an EU macro-region and covering all biogeographical regions. WHITE conducted an EU-wide survey, along with desk research, to identify factors influencing consumers' sustainable behaviour. The resulting analysis provides valuable insights that aid with WP2, WP3, and WP4 tasks, as well as contribute to the development of consumer-driven resilience strategies. Our research underscores an overall widespread positive inclination towards adopting sustainable practices among the general public. Despite this positive trend, persistent barriers include the perceived higher cost of sustainable products, limited availability, and a lack of information on product sustainability. Notably, the study reveals a general willingness among the public to pay more for sustainable products. Furthermore, indirect effects through sustainable behaviour as a mediator emphasize the significance of income, environmental awareness, and eco-labels in shaping sustainable food choices. Our analysis delves into various factors influencing citizens' behaviour towards sustainable food consumption. These encompass overall sustainable behaviour, gender, perceived sustainable food quality, health benefits, cost, and ethical considerations. Additionally, our investigation yields a set of respondent profiles delineating specific configurations indicative of sustainable food behaviour, based on participants' demographic characteristics. These profiles offer valuable insights into the diverse factors influencing sustainable food choices, allowing for a more targeted approach in promoting environmentally conscious dietary practices. The insights presented in this report aim to support the development of consumer-driven resilience strategies.

Ecoready D2.1 Stakeholder analysis

Climate change, biodiversity,
and food security nexus: A structured data review report cover

Climate change, biodiversity, and food security nexus: A structured data review

Report by Dr Nam Vu Professor Michael Bourlakis Cranfield University, UK.

The Structured Data Review (SDR) is the main deliverable of Task 1.1 in Work Package 1 of the ECO-READY project. The aim of this review is two-fold. First, this review identifies climate change and biodiversity-induced drivers of food security. To this end, it is highlighted how climate change and biodiversity can affect various dimensions of food security. Second, this review compiles data (e.g. data sets, data sources, data platforms) that are used to monitor/ report climate change and biodiversity drivers of food security. To achieve this aim, two methods were employed. A systematic literature review was undertaken to identify studies that address the nexus of climate change – biodiversity – food security, then to synthesize the key insights from the literature and derive the drivers of food security. Subsequently, a search for data related to the identified drivers was conducted, compiling a list of data for monitoring, measuring, and reporting the drivers. The findings of this report include a list of 20 climate change and 18 biodiversity drivers of food security, an in-depth analysis of how the drivers impact the four pillars of food security (availability, accessibility, utilization, and stability), and data in relation to the drivers from the academic literature, projects (EU level and national level), EUROSTAT, and public platforms on the internet. This report makes several contributions to industry and policy. The findings of the report inform businesses of the threats and benefits of climate change and biodiversity drivers, advocating for managers to develop appropriate strategies and plans to mitigate adverse consequences as well as to take advantage of useful drivers. For policymakers, important climate change and biodiversity-induced drivers for food security can be used as a useful reference when developing new guidelines/ regulations. For managers in the field and policymakers, the findings demonstrate the availability of data and advocate for stronger use of data in the decision-making process.

Ecoready A structured data review

Dissemination, Exploitation, and Communication Plan at EU and National Levels report cover

Dissemination, Exploitation, and Communication Plan at EU and National Levels

Report by Oscar Sanchez Gonzales and Gerhard Schiefer proQuantis, Bonn, Germany

The ECO-READY project is to a large extent an information and communication project. Its ultimate goal is to organize a policy hub and an observatory which together offer information and support for policy, farms, enterprises, consumers and the society on assuring food security in times of change, not the least through changes in climate developments. Dissemination of project results and communication of the project with stakeholders is preparing the way for a policy hub and an observatory to be recognized as information and service providers upon completion of the project and, in turn, reaching the impact the project aims for. Dissemination and communication activities are, therefore, a crucial element in reaching the project’s success. All partners are engaged in preparing their project results for dissemination, in using their contacts and networks for information about the project, and in creating awareness about the project and its objectives in the stakeholder events they are participating in. The project’s task for dissemination, exploitation and communication is preparing and managing the dissemination and communication channels of the project including web presence, social media and e-mail stakeholder databases. In addition, partners use their own national or international communication channels to make as many stakeholders as possible aware of the project, its objectives, and results. This document, the “Dissemination, Exploitation and Communication Plan” is meant to provide a guidance for the project and its partners about the organization of dissemination, exploitation, and communication activities (DEC activities) in the project as seen at month 6 of the project. As needs and opportunities for DEC activities will change over time in line with project developments, experiences gained in communication, feedback from stakeholders, increases in partner competences in the project’s focus, and changes in the project environment, the DEC plan is embedded in a dynamic development process. This will be captured in a regular update of the plan’s online version and the publication of an updated version at least once per year. The document has four major parts each one divided into different chapters and subchapters. Based on an outline of our conceptual approach in dealing with DEC activities (chapter 2), the document utilizes an approach developed by the EU and discusses “Pathways to impact” by linking project results to impact categories and proposals for approaching different stakeholder groups through dissemination and communication activities (chapter 3). This part builds very much on outlines in the project overview and is primarily meant to reinforce awareness of the project’s dissemination and communication needs and opportunities among project partners. Procedures on how to deal with project outcomes, some guidance on how to approach stakeholders, and an overview on the organization of the project’s dissemination and communication channels are summarized in chapters 4-6. The concluding chapter 7 discusses actual plans for dissemination and communication as known and prepared for implementation at this initial time of project implementation.

Ecoready Deliverable 6.1

Introduction into ECO-READY Website report cover

Introduction into ECO-READY Website

Report by Porya Shahrezaie and Gerhard Schiefer proQuantis, Bonn, Germany

The project ECO-Ready engages in different online channels for distributing its results and for communicating with stakeholders in its efforts to reach impact. They include a.o. a website, social media accounts, and e-mail communication. This report provides a short introduction into the website that is active by the time of the publication of this report. The website is accessible through the domain www.eco-ready.eu. It can be accessed through PCs but also through Computer Tablets and Smartphones. Its design has been developed with a use through touch screens in mind. The website is embedded in a dynamic development process and develops its content in line with the development of the project and its project activities. This means that some parts are still without content but will be filled with content at later stages of the project. The structure of the website has been prepared for providing space for the information that is available already now but also for the information the project expects to be delivered at later stages. This approach has been used for providing visitors from the very beginning of the project with a view on the project’s ambition and expected outcomes. The website has been developed by proQuantis with support from project partners. It is managed by proQuantis who is responsible for its function, the accuracy of its content (if not mentioned otherwise), the regular update of the information deliveries, and the consideration of the European data protection legislation. This report provides an overview on the website development principles and informs about the principal design elements that have been used in the development of the website. However, the design just as the content are open for change and further development throughout the project duration for continuously improving the attractiveness for stakeholders and for reaching the impact the project aims for.

Ecoready Deliverable 6.5