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Pravst I.,Institute za Nutricionistiko | Blaznik U.,Institute za Varovanje Zdravja RS | Krbavcic A.,University of Ljubljana | Kreft S.,University of Ljubljana | And 7 more authors.
Farmacevtski Vestnik | Year: 2012

Food supplements are foods, intended to supplement the normal diet. They are concentrated sources of individual or combined nutrients or other substances with nutritional or other physiological effects and are usually on the market in the form of capsules, tablets, pills and other similar forms such as powder in sachets, liquid in ampoules, drop dispensing bottles and other similar forms designed to be used in measured small unit quantities. Dietary supplements should be safe to use, marketed and presented in a way not to mislead the consumer, their composition must correspond to the label until the end of product shelf life when stored according to the manufacturer's instructions. These recommendations provide assistance to operators in providing quality of food supplements, and a basis for assessing the quality of dietary supplements on the market.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: KBBE.2013.1.4-03 | Award Amount: 2.31M | Year: 2014

Agricultural research in the Mediterranean is characterised by three main features: it is scattered within the EU members and in Mediterranean Partner Countries as well as most of the problems and challenges that the Mediterranean agriculture is facing are shared by all the countries in the area and even further, its objectives are largely the same in the whole area, even if priorities can vary from one country to another; the conditions resulting from climate change as well as the objective of sustainable development and production need to rethink agricultural research in all the countries and to begin its alignment in the whole area to increase its impact. This situation allows and requires coordination at the level of the Mediterranean to fight again fragmentation in fostering the convergence of national programmes and in founding a new critical mass to address the key issues (such as the growing demand for safer, healthier and higher quality food; the sustainable production and use of renewable bio-resources; threats to the sustainability and security of agricultural and fisheries production resulting in particular from climate change), to increase excellence and relevance of research, to enhance and strengthen the cooperation within the region in sharing the objectives and the priorities. The ERA-Net ARIMNet has been working with this objective of enhancing scientific cooperation between EU members and Mediterranean Partner Countries (MPC) and will finish in March 2013. The action needs to be continued, deepened and enlarged. This is the aim of the proposal of an ERA-Net for Coordination of Agricultural Research in the Mediterranean (ARIMNet2), which gathers sixteen countries (8 EU members, 4 associated countries and 4 other Mediterranean countries). It bears clearly a double ambition: to enhance coordination of agricultural research programmes within the Mediterranean area and to improve the cooperation within the area.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-ERA-Plus | Phase: KBBE.2013.1.4-06 | Award Amount: 9.09M | Year: 2013

Organic agriculture is considered to be one of the important development pathways for improving agricultures relation with the environment while at the same time ensuring food safety and future food security. This role is dependent on continuous research and innovation. CORE Organic Plus will continue, update and consolidate the series of transnational research calls which support a focused and coordinated research and innovation effort covering the most important and pertinent challenges along the organic value chains. Moreover, the effort will - where relevant - combine research and innovation in primary production with development in processing techniques, value adding and market and consumer research. Thematic research areas for a joint call will be selected by the participating national funding bodies and the European Commission and in consultation with national and transnational stakeholders such as TP Organics. The CORE Organic network will be expanded with Romania and Poland, and 22 countries are taking part in the Plus call. One large joint call with 3-4 thematic areas will be launched with co-funding from the Commission. Moreover, within the Plus project, the partners will prepare for the next research programme based on an update of the priorities for research and innovation. The project will assist and advise the on-going and initiated research and innovation projects in their stakeholder involvement and dissemination efforts in order to secure high impact of the research and innovation efforts. The impact of the research and the increased monitoring efforts will be assessed after the end of the projects. Looking to the future, CORE Organic Plus aims to further improve the European Research Area by delivering results that can be used to develop the organic sector throughout Europe and the world.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: KBBE.2013.1.4-01 | Award Amount: 2.17M | Year: 2014

The important climatic, environmental, socio-economic and land-use changes taking place at global, regional and local levels, pose new challenges for meeting the multifunctional demands on European forest resources, and for their sustainable management. In the European Union the formulation of forest policies is in the competence of the Member States and although the Treaties of the EU make no provision for a common forest policy there are a high number of EU policies and directives affecting European forests and the forest-based sector. Thus the current forest policy environment is fragmented, complex and sometimes contradictory. Furthermore, European forests consist of a wide diversity of forest ecosystems and tree species which provide different goods and services that are affected differently by climate and land-use changes. Therefore, a proper understanding of such regional differences is needed for the creation of mutual understanding on sustainable forest management (SFM) and multifunctional forestry, providing a solid basis for policy decisions. In this complex context, research-based information and knowledge should be the basis for developing adaptive management tools and models, new innovation frameworks and coherent policies to ensure implementation of SFM and thus the multifunctional role of European forests. However, European forest research is with only a few exceptions - still fragmented and enhanced co-operation and coordination of research activities carried out at regional and national levels is urgently needed. In this context, reinforcing scientific cooperation on European forests through a transnational ERA-NET, which will also build new cooperation arrangements with EU neighbourhood regions, will reduce fragmentation and maximise the impact of research activities on SFM and multifunctional forestry.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: ERA-NET-Cofund | Phase: ISIB-12e-2015 | Award Amount: 15.98M | Year: 2016

This proposal seeks funding under the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2014-2015 to establish an ERA-NET for joint European research coordination on Sustainable Animal Production (SusAn). The scope for this ERA-NET has been developed under the SCAR Collaborative Working Group on Sustainable Animal Production (CWG-SAP). Funding organisations from 22 European countries initially seek to support one co-funded call followed by other joint activities including the development of a Common Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda on Sustainable Animal Production. The animal production sector forms an important part of Europes (agricultural) economy and plays an essential role in the provision of Europe`s citizens with high quality animal products. Like other agriculture sectors, animal production faces many challenges from projected increases in global demand for food, climate change, competition for natural resources and economic volatility. The European animal production landscape is very complex, consisting of different species farmed within a wide range of different extensive, semi-intensive and intensive production systems using multiple resources to produce a diverse range of animal products and other services. Partners in this ERA-NET believe, however, that these challenges and complexities can be effectively addressed through joint European research within a framework which supports the three pillars of sustainability - economy, environment and society - and targets opportunities for innovative research spanning all areas of animal production such as health and welfare, feeding and nutrition, reproduction, breeding and genetics, housing, nutrient management and economics. Partners in ERA-NET SusAn endorse scientific excellence and recommend an integrated, interdisciplinary, cross-cutting and multi-actor approach to research and knowledge exchange which reflects the complexity of the research requirements for sustainable European animal production.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: ERA-NET-Cofund | Phase: SFS-19-2016-2017 | Award Amount: 19.82M | Year: 2016

Organic agriculture is considered to be one of the important development pathways towards a more sustainable agriculture and food production. This development has been and will be dependent on continuous research and innovation. CORE Organic started in 2004 and has been evolving for more than a decade. The present proposal for a CORE Organic Cofund will continue, to update and consolidate the series of transnational research calls that support a focused and coordinated research and innovation effort covering the most important challenges along the organic value chains, for example: increasing the organic production potentials, enhancing resource efficiency, and improving animal welfare. In addition this research and innovation plays a key role in adapting to the new EU regulations on Organic Farming. The new CORE Organic network will be expanded with additional partners from Netherlands and Italy totalling to 25 partners from 19 countries. One joint call with 3-4 topics will be launched with co-funding from the European Commission and another call without EU co-funding is being planned for 2019 as part of the additional activities. Other ERA-NETs with a similar scope will be invited to join this second call. The CORE Organic partners are working to increase innovation potential, knowledge accessibility, alignment of national research and international outreach in support of the ERA-NETs objectives. CORE Organic will closely monitor the funded projects and offer assistance regarding stakeholder involvement and dissemination in order to secure high impact of the research efforts. An impact assessment will be performed after the end of the projects. Looking to the future, the CORE Organic Cofund aims to deliver results that can be used to develop the organic sector throughout Europe and the world, and to continue to be a key player in the European Research Area.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: KBBE.2010.1.2-06 | Award Amount: 1.30M | Year: 2011

The Community Plant Health Regime (CPHR) aims to prevent the introduction, establishment and spread of regulated and quarantine plant pests. These pests pose increasing risks to European agriculture, horticulture, forestry and the environment. This is due to increased globalisation of trade (volume and diversity), but is exacerbated by climate change and EU expansion (increased pathways). In comparison, resources for national plant health inspection services, science programmes and research are declining. For this reason, the EUPHRESCO Phytosanitary ERA-Net was established in 2006, with the full support of the EU Council Working Party of Chief Officers of Plant Health Services. It aimed to better coordinate national, trans-national and EU-funded research in direct support of the CPHR (EU policy, inspection services and science capability). The current EUPHRESCO Project ends in 2010; this new EUPHRESCO-II proposal will deepen and enlarge the previously successful cooperation between research programmes. EUPHRESCO-II will: Strengthen the basis for, and result in, a self-sustainable, long-term, durable network; Deepen the cooperation through continued trans-national research that optimises limited resources, supports other plant health initiatives and coordination mechanisms, and further develops a culture of collaboration; Deepen the cooperation by improving processes and tools and reducing barriers; Enlarging the network (31 partners, plus 14 Observers) to increase its critical mass, address more regional or sector-based (e.g. forestry plant health) issues and increase opportunities for international cooperation with non-European countries that are either the source of quarantine pests or share similar pest problems. Overall, EUPHRESCO II will enhance the European Research Area that supports the CPHR. It will directly support EU policy, operations and science capability by providing rapid and customised answers to challenges caused by quarantine plant pests.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: KBBE-2009-1-4-09 | Award Amount: 1.61M | Year: 2010

Organic agriculture and food markets have grown considerably and organic agriculture addresses important challenges of European agriculture, such as sustainable production of high quality food, reducing dependency on high energy inputs, improving environmental and nature conservation, climate change adaptation, animal welfare and rural livelihoods. Organic farming and food systems still have a big potential for innovation and improved solutions. Research activities will be important for this. Coordinated transnational research has the potential to create a less fragmented research area in this fast growing sector. CORE Organic II builds on the outcome of the first CORE Organic to aim at an effective and sustainable transnational research programme. It will identify common research priorities for the organic sector where a transnational approach will give added value, launch at least two transnational calls, initiate research projects, organize project monitoring and dissemination of results, and consider funding models. CORE Organic II will also develop all components to continue the transnational research activities beyond the ERA-NET. The results of CORE Organic II will be a strong and sustainable network of funding bodies, all components for the effective continuation of collaboration, a series of on-going research projects and a plan to support dissemination. The expected benefits for Europe will be to reinforce its leading status and excellence in organic research, enhance the European research area on organic agriculture, increase the efficiency in use of organic research funds and improve the impact of research on the organic sectors development. Initiating projects on topics identified as common priorities will allow the sector to better meet the demand for organic food and products. This will contribute to sustainable development in food production and improve the general competitivity of the European agriculture.


Brancelj I.R.,Ministrstvo za kmetijstvo in okolje | Kusar U.,Ministrstvo za kmetijstvo in okolje | Frantar P.,Ministrstvo za kmetijstvo in okolje | Kete P.,Geodetski Institute Slovenije | And 3 more authors.
Geodetski Vestnik | Year: 2012

This article describes a way of establishing an environmental information system, part of which includes water. A key objective of the information system is to maintain and improve the quality and availability of information necessary for the implementation of environmental policy. This also contributes to a reduction of administrative burdens and to better environmental decision-making. The article gives the basic principles for the establishment of an information system and explains its significance. It describes the current European situation regarding this. Through Slovenian examples and experiences, efforts made are presented, and the advantage of access, sharing and interoperability in the case of water is shown. The advantages of a distributed information system for water sector are highlighted. A pilot project upgrading hydrography data and land use water land is presented.


Mivsek E.,Geodetski Institute Slovenije | Zvokelj B.P.,Geodetski Institute Slovenije | Kete P.,Geodetski Institute Slovenije | Globokar T.,Ministrstvo za kmetijstvo in okolje
Geodetski Vestnik | Year: 2012

For the purpose of water management, the Water Act envisages the defining of water and waterside land data. The register of water and waterside land has not yet been established. Land use data is the first step to the final establishment of the register, as defined by the Water Act. In Slovenia, there are few registers containing data that can be interpreted as part of the water and waterside land in accordance with the act. A comparison of data from the land cadastre, the register of land use of agricultural and forest land and data obtained from tests of water and waterside land was made. We compared the definitions, methods of data capture, data quality and maintenance procedures, and performed visual and spatial comparisons of captured objects. The comparison included a general overview of the ownership of the areas where data from different registers overlap. In conclusion, the essential differences between the registers are presented together with proposals for harmonization of spatially dependent data from different registers. The focus is on proposals to create a single, uniform register of land use.

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