Claudio BogliottiSenior counsellor at CIHEAM-IAMB - Responsible of “EU Research and Innovation Policies
He is senior counsellor at CIHEAM-IAMB, responsible of “EU Research and Innovation Policies”.
He is the co-ordinator of the Euro-Mediterranean dialogue platform on R&I (MED-SPRING) and an Eranet Mediterranean (ERANETMED), both funded by the EU (FP7). He has more than 30 years professional experience both as researcher (hydrogeology, water resources) and EU research project management / coordinator.
He worked in both private sector and public research or international organisation (UNDP, University of Leuven, CIHEAM-IAMB) and he has long standing international experience in research cooperation, particularly in south Mediterranean countries (North Africa and Middle East) and Sub-Saharan Africa.
He has also worked in the European Commission (DG Research and Innovation) as policy officer responsible of the bilateral and bi-regional policy dialogue with the Mediterranean Partner Countries. He is author of several scientific publications.
Bio-economy R&I in the Mediterranean: challenges and opportunities
Bio-economy in the Mediterranean is about food security !!. The renewed position of food security at recent G8 and G20 Summits is an acknowledgment that a more sophisticated coordination at global level is needed to meet the new challenge of food security, which is an upside-down scenario in comparison to what prevail in the last years of the 20th century, when food seemed relatively plentiful. It is certainly no coincidence that the “Arab Spring” was initially triggered as riots for bread, a social symbol as well as a staple food. Food security is a serious re-emerging problem in the Mediterranean, particularly in rural arid and semi-arid areas, the latter being the most vulnerable regions embedding multiple challenges and strong nexus with water, health, energy, demographic growth, climatic change and environmental threats. In response to the several global socio-economic and environmental pressures there is an increased demand for high quality food products obtained in an ecologically sustainable way, calling for a substantial change of approach to agricultural production in rural areas. It is urgent that Europe and Southern Mediterranean Countries pool together their resources of talent, knowledge and cultural heritage to develop “smart” rural arid and semi-arid areas, providing food job opportunities and competitiveness, for young entrepreneurs and women, while ensuring the recovery and preserving the eco-system. The role of CIHEAM as international organization is key and functional to enhance sustainable bio-economy through contributing to reduce problems and constraints in the food sector in the Mediterranean partner countries.