What is the Stakeholders Network?

In line with its multi-stakeholder approach, the Stakeholders Network (SN) represents a fundamental pillar of the NOVATERRA project. This network consists of a broad representation of different roles and entities, who: i) are interested in the thematic of the project for different reasons, ii) possess very relevant knowledge, and/or iii) are fundamental actors whose data needs to be obtained, analysed and addressed, in order to meet NOVATERRA’s objectives.

The SN is to be active during and after the execution of the project, thus enabling tools to remain active after the finalisation of NOVATERRA. The participation in the Stakeholders Network must be formalised through a letter of commitment.

The stakeholders’ network is structured in five groups of actors:

  • Experts Committee – Wine sector
  • Experts Committee – Olive Oil sector
  • Policymakers
  • Citizens, consumers, farmers
  • Auxiliary industry

Members of the Stakeholders Network benefit from the following advantages:

  1. Provide feedback to the project;
  2. Gain exclusive and primary access to project results;
  3. Receive NOVATERRA’s newsletters;
  4. Participate in the diagnostic analysis in order to identify needs, issues and regulatory aspects;
  5. Provide specific advice on technical developments at researchers’ request;
  6. Participate in technical and economic integration activities, through specific focus group meetings;
  7. Participate in the design of an Open Access Platform and the drafting of the exploitation plan of the project partners;
  8. Participate in the project’s communication and dissemination actions;
  9. Participate in the project’s General Assembly and have the opportunity to make presentation on topics relevant to the olive and wine industry.

Thanks to the active participation of the Stakeholders Network and the feedback received, the consortium can benefit from farmer-consumer-industry insights when working towards NOVATERRA’s goals.

Levels of participation

  • General Stakeholders, who are expected to get involved in the above-mentioned objectives – the level of involvement can be adapted to each situation. There is no obligation to participate in every activity and no deliverables are expected from the general stakeholders. When participating to project activities, registrations is always free but travel and accommodations, if relevant, is at the stakeholders’ own charge.
  • Members of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC). The SAC constitutes an external support from an advanced panel of experts (maximum 10 experts) in different matters related to the NOVATERRA project. These stakeholders have signed an NDA and have mandatory tasks, like the participation to some relevant meetings. Some travel fees are covered by the consortium for the SAC members.

The communication objectives for the NOVATERRA Stakeholder Network

The members of the consortium regularly exchange with the Stakeholder Network in order to:

  • Ensure that stakeholders are aware of the project, understand its aim and objectives and the results it will deliver;
  • Ensure that the project takes into account stakeholders’ realities through the sharing of their field experience;
  • Raise general awareness of the project activities;
  • Develop a will amongst the stakeholders to take up project findings and solutions developed and increase the impact of the project;
  • Compile a set of recommendations defining best practices and best integrated management strategies;
  • Support the discussions and exchange on the development and achievement of NOVATERRA solutions;
  • Support the identification and recruitment of stakeholders and experts that would benefit from and contribute to the projects’ activities;
  • Promote and disseminate the deliverables developed by the project;
  • Interact with the stakeholders through a dedicated LinkedIn group only for NOVATERRA stakeholders.

Who can become a member and how?

Participation in the NOVATERRA Stakeholders Network is open to all organisations interested in exchanging ideas and knowledge, and providing information and data necessary to help the ongoing research.

Individuals and organisations from the groups of actors invited to join the Stakeholder Network include:

  • International organisations for Wine and Olive Production
  • Research institutions for Vine/Wine, Olive/Olive trees
  • National and international farmers associations
  • Denominations of Origin or geographical indications
  • Public bodies, ministries and policy makers involved in plant protection products/integrated pest management
  • Producers
  • Consumer associations
  • Plant protection products producers
  • Agricultural machinery manufacturers
  • Agri-tech companies
  • Industry associations, etc

Membership in the Stakeholder Network is free.

Interested stakeholders are requested to register by filling the form below. A project partner will then contact you to send you the official consent form to be returned completed and signed.

Procedures for the protection of personal data

The NOVATERRA consortium takes its responsibility to protect all collected personal data through the registration process. The consortium has therefore developed a procedure to address ethics regarding the protection of personal data.

All Stakeholders that registered their interest through a support letter or via this consent form are added to the list of Stakeholder Network members as well as to the mailing lists for NOVATERRA communications. These lists may be used by the NOVATERRA WP Leaders to interact with all the stakeholders subscribed, giving each member a chance to participate in the project.

Stakeholders Network members’ contact information is to remain confidential and only accessible to members of the NOVATERRA Project consortium, unless stakeholders have given their consent to share their contact information amongst the NOVATERRA Stakeholders Network. Stakeholders may exercise their rights related to their personal data (access, rectification, deletion) by contacting NOVATERRA at laura.reyes@vitagora.com.

Are you interested in joining NOVATERRA’s Stakeholders Network? Fill in this form below and we’ll get back to you asap!