The recently started CIRAN EU-funded project held its Kick-off meeting in Brussels, Belgium, and the LPRC team was present to meet project partners, discuss the objectives and map the many implementation aspects of CIRAN, especially the ones that are most relevant to LPRC.
CIRAN – CrItical RAw materials extraction in enviroNmentally protected areas – is an EU-funded Horizon Europe project that aims at reconciling two societal objectives and needs: protecting environmentally sensitive areas and increasing socio-economic resilience. The project that just started on the 1st of January 2023 and that will last until 31st December 2025, counts with 13 partners from 11 European countries. The project partners met for the first time in Brussels, Belgium, on the 10th and 11th of January 2023 for the Kick-off meeting, organised by INTRAW, the project coordinator. The total list of consortium members includes:
- International Raw Materials Observatory (INTRAW)
- MacCabeDurneyBarnes (MDB)
- Geologian tutkimuskeskus (GTK)
- Telos Aleff (TAL)
- Sveriges Geologiska Undersökning (SGU)
- Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA)
- Regione Emilia-Romagna (RER)
- La Palma Research Centre (LPRC)
- Geologia e Geotecnia Consultores (GGC)
- Generator (GEN)
- Proman Consulting (PRM)
- Petronavitas (PN)
- Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale (ISPRA)
The agenda of the meeting focused on connecting and engaging with project partners, generating trust and a collaborative environment for the project implementation. From this perspective, the work plan for the project was detailed and discussed. LPRC attended to present the planned work for Task 3.3 – Nexus between policy decisions and drivers of change and Task 7.1 – Communication and outreach. LPRC leads these two tasks where it will implement foresight-based exercises to collect data from experts on the connection points between policy and drivers of change that affect policymaking and develop, create and implement communication tools such as the website, social media, brochures and other material to connect the project with the relevant stakeholders.
Project work will now continue and more news will follow.