New Erasmus+ Jean Monnet project at FESRD
by Veronika Straussová (comments: 0)
The Faculty of European Studies and Regional Development (FESRD) submitted several project proposals within the „ERASMUS+ Call for proposals 2018“. The project „Jean Monnet - Central European Initiative on Agricultural Land Protection (Stredoeurópska iniciatíva na ochranu poľnohospodárskej pôdy)“ was among the successfully selected projects.
FESRD has already a vast experience with almost all types of Jean Monnet programmes. The responsible project teams proved their qualification by achieving the implementation of new modules in education thanks to Jean Monnet Chairs, projects, and Centre of Excellence. Previous experiences were a valuable asset during the preparation of the new successful project proposal.
The agricultural land protection in the context of the specifics of the Central European region has become a key idea of the new project. Therefore, the main aim of the project reflects the importance and the need to strengthen the dialogue between key target groups in the field of agricultural land protection in Central Europe in order to achieve the objectives of European agri-environment and food policy. For the project objectives, the faculty's team has designed a set of activities that will ensure the gradual fulfillment of these objectives. Activities during the implementation of the project will certainly include the strenghtening of discussion of key target groups at different levels of competency in the selected region, strengthening and promoting collaboration among researchers, academics and experts in the field, as well as collecting, exchanging and providing information on agricultural land protection not only in Central Europe but also in other European regions. The uniqueness of the project is also based on respect for the multidisciplinary approach to agricultural land protection as it applies socio-economic, legal, political and environmental aspects. As a result of the implemented activities, the project team expects to have project outputs in particular in the form of a continuously updated web site of the project, presentations tracking the ongoing progress, as well as a scientific conference in the area concerned. The key expected benefits of the project will in particular be a qualitative improvement in the management of agricultural land protection in Central European countries - with consequent impact on other European regions. As a final result, the team expects to achieve a set of key impact indicators, in particular: ensuring the sustainability of agricultural land quality in Central Europe in the context of European policy principles, harmonization of the policy tools and implementation of relevant measures in the focus area, and finally raising awareness of the value of land, especially within the European Union.