1. Management – M
The management activities are carried out in order to ensure a smooth and effective coordination of the technical activities of the project, with legal, contractual, ethical, sound financial and administrative management, including regular communication with the JTS/AM and timely reporting.
Project management activities will run throughout the whole duration of the project under the coordination of the lead partner and will include:
- coordination of all activities foreseen in the project;
- overall legal, contractual, ethical, financial and administrative management, including communication with the JTS/AM and reporting (incl. progress and financial reports, mid-term evaluation report and final evaluation);
- overseeing the promotion of horizontal principles (environmental sustainability, gender equality and democracy and human rights) in the project;
- obtaining FLC certificates by all project partners;
- maintaining the Partnership Agreement;
- participation in LP seminars organised by the Programme bodies.
- A.M.1 Setting-up the Project Management and Coordination Structures
- A.M.2 Technical and financial reporting
- A.M.3 Internal communication
2. State of the Art Analyses in Black Sea Aquaculture – T1
The main objective is to carry out an in-depth analysis on available data concerning the current situation of aquaculture in all partner territories. More in detail, the work carried out in the framework of the current GA should focus on checking the quality and quantity of the information provided, identifying areas where concrete field research will be required in later steps of the project, avoiding double-collection of data in later stages and save time and costs, ensuring focused analyses for GA Exchange of experience and capacity building.
The activities carried out under this GA are:
– mapping of the aquaculture sector in all partner regions, including identification of all relevant documents needed to start or to develop a business in the field of aquaculture including financial support tools;
– establishing a data-base with existing marketing strategies and sales channels in all partner regions and identification of main fish species profitable for aquaculture according to the main characteristics of each territory;
– identification and collection of good practices in aquaculture entrepreneurship.
The outcome of such an analysis will serve as a basis for GA “Aquaculture Virtual Centre of Competence”, but also as basis for discussion with main target groups and stakeholders.
- A.T1.1 Mapping of the aquaculture sector in all partner regions
- A.T1.2 Inventory of fish species profitable for aquaculture according to main territorial features
- A.T1.3 Identification of all relevant documents needed to start/develop a business in aquaculture, including available financial support instruments
- A.T1.4 Overview of markets and marketing strategies in all partner regions
- A.T1.5 Good practices in aquaculture entrepreneurship
3. Exchange of experiences and capacity building -T2
The main objective of T2 is to support cross-border learning and networking activities by establishing concrete exchange of experiences and promotion of good practices already identified during T1. This will be achieved by organisation of 4 study-visits (one in each partner country), 20 virtual site-visits and interviews with successful aquaculture entrepreneurs, AFAs’ (aquaculture farmers’ associations) representatives etc. and organization of 12 workshops for entrepreneurs (2 by each project partner), where project partners will present the good practices gathered and will exchange views, share problems, bring together ideas for future development and build relationships with each other.
- A.T2.1 Virtual site-visits & interviews of aquaculture businesses
- A.T2.2 Study-visits in partner regions
- A.T2.3 Organization of local workshops for aquaculture entrepreneurs in all participating countries
4. Aquaculture Virtual Centre of Competences (AVCC)
The Aquaculture Virtual Center of Competences will be established as an open access web platform that will primarily serve as a cross-border business & logistics information exchange system. AVCC will be specifically designed for entrepreneurs that want to upgrade their knowledge in the aquaculture sector or develop new competences in this sector following the premises that they want to establish a new business in the aquaculture sector, no matter which of the 4 partner countries is targeted.
The main functionalities of AVCC will be as follows:
- AVCC will provide an overview of the aquaculture sector on country level (for all 4 countries involved), including status of aquaculture in each territory, regulatory framework, governance at local, regional and national level, main authorities involved, Research and Development activities carried out in each partner territory, main features of aquaculture industry, entrepreneurship and SMEs status
- AVCC will provide information on aquaculture farming fish species of utmost relevance for their territory, highlighting their market potential, profitability in terms of operation costs, retail costs, consumer preferences, behavior in all Black Sea countries targeted by DACIAT project;
- AVCC will provide a Common Guidelines with all the necessary procedures and steps to be followed in order to start or to develop a business in this field, in Romania, Greece, Turkey and Ukraine. An overview on available financial instruments in all 4 partner countries shall be provided by AVCC
- AVCC will hold a database for each country with relevant marketing strategies and will also contain information regarding the most profitable markets that can be used by entrepreneurs in each country.
- AVCC will also present good practices in the field of aquaculture, especially aquaculture entrepreneurship and will serve as a useful tool to select the best practices that can be imported and implemented in DACIAT partner countries (Romania, Ukraine, Greece and Turkey).
- A.T3.1 Setting up the Aquaculture Virtual Centre of Competences
- A.T3.2 Translation and data entry
5. Involvement of Stakeholders and follow-up activities to ensure sustainability of project results – T4
Awareness raising by mobilizing the actors in the region and making them more aware of the value of AQAUCULTURE will be a further general and permanent task of DACIAT. This can be achieved by enhancing an inclusive dialogue between key stakeholders of the regional aquaculture system and improving the consensus building. Raising regional awareness and learning on aquaculture and its benefits among key stakeholders of the governance and business dimension and by deriving a permanent support structure at virtual level via Aquaculture Centre of Competences developed under T3 shall be pursued throughout the entire project duration and beyond it.
Based on the successful implementation of project activities, follow-up opportunities (including EU funds) shall be checked by all partners, including regional and national financing instruments, as well as specific financing instruments for cross-border/transnational/interregional activities and cooperation.
As a result of this activity, a clear set of commonly shared policy recommendations providing suggestions for improvement of existing policies regarding aquaculture and aquaculture entrepreneurship issues, including financial support, shall be generated by the project consortium.
- A.T4.1 Stakeholder involvement
- A.T4.2 Preparatory work for follow-up activities in order to ensure sustainability of results
- A.T4.3 Policy Recommendation Paper
6. Communication – C
The main activities carried out in the framework of Communication GA include communication set-up activities (elaboration of a Communication Plan, of project identity, logo, etc.), organization and participation in public events (opening and closing conference), production of promotional material (2 series of brochures in 900 pieces each series – one at the beginning of the project, the other towards the end, printed materials to be distributed to project related internal and external events – pens, notebooks, folders, roll-ups) and digital activities (project website and social media communication).
- A.C.1 Communication start-up activities
- A.C.2 Public Event(s)
- A.C.3 Promotional material
- A.C.4 Digital activities