Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment (Cluster 6)
Cluster 6 provides opportunities to enhance and balance environmental, social and economic goals and to set human economic activities on a path towards sustainability. The underlying paradigm of Cluster 6 is therefore the need for a transformative change of the EU economy and society in order to reduce environmental degradation, halt and reverse the decline of biodiversity and better manage natural resources while meeting the EU’s climate objectives and ensuring food and water security.
Activities under Cluster 6 will help to accelerate the ecological transition required by the European Green Deal in order to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.
Cluster 6 covers the following 7 areas of intervention
- environmental observation
- biodiversity and natural resources
- agriculture, forestry and rural areas
- seas, oceans and inland waters
- food systems
- bio-based innovation systems in the EU's bioeconomy
- circular systems
Cluster 6 is organized in 7 destinations in 2021-2024:
Destination 1 : Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Destination 3 : Circular economy and bioeconomy sectors
Destination 4 : Clean environment and zero pollution
Destination 5 : Land, ocean and water for climate action
Many topics include specific requirements for multi-actor projects which are explained in the introduction of the Work Programme 2021-2022 p.19 and in this infography How to build a successful Mult-Actor Project.
A key concept for this cluster is also the concept of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) defined as “Solutions that are inspired and supported by nature, which are cost-effective, simultaneously provide environmental, social and economic benefits and help build resilience. Such solutions bring more, and more diverse, nature and natural features and processes into cities, landscapes and seascapes, through locally adapted, resource-efficient and systemic interventions.” More information
Destination 3 of this Cluster contribute to the Circular Cities and Regions Initiative.