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2020.10.01

Kick-off meeting of the Horizon 2020 ENVISION project

Kick-off meeting of the Horizon 2020 ENVISION project
The kick-off meeting of the Horizon 2020 ENVISION project took place on the 14 and 15 September 2020. Due to the ongoing worldwide Covid-19 pandemic the launch of the project was organised by the Project Coordinator DRAXIS, Greece, as an online event. The aim of the meeting was to present the project overview both on the technical and administrative level and to plan the work for the first months of the project.
 
The NPA, representing Lithuania, is implementing the project in the consortium with 13 partners from 7 EU Member States, comprising Greece, Lithuania, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Slovenia, Serbia and Cyprus.
 
Horizon 2020 project “Monitoring of environmental practices for sustainable agriculture supported by Earth observation“, ENVISION, aims to fulfil the need for continuous and systematic monitoring of agricultural land, shifting the focus from fragmented monitoring limited to specific fields and dates (or time windows) to territory-wide and all-year-round monitoring. The results of the project will serve organisations that monitor agricultural practices based on EU policies, ensuring environmentally- and climate-friendly approach in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. ENVISION will use heterogeneous types of available data (based on Earth observation data, in situ, open data and historical on-site inspections) as well as state-of-the-art technologies and methodologies to develop a fully automated and customizable service package developed in close collaboration with future customers. Duration of the project – 36 months.
 
The agenda of the first day of the meeting included discussions on project management issues, project service requirements, development of the ENVISION platform, Earth Observation (EO) technologies and EO data products.
 
On the 2 day, insights on the new CAP and potential synergies with relevant ongoing initiatives, such as SEN4CAP, EO4Agri, and e-Shape, were presented and discussed, along with the project business cases, business roadmap, dissemination and communication activities. Lighthouse customers and the project advisory board will also help the project partners to ensure high quality of the outputs and their market acceptance.
 
Co-production methodology that was followed in the previous Horizon 2020 RECAP project (with the participation of the NPA too), the lessons learnt through its implementation, further development of this methodology will be applied in the course of implementation of ENVISION. An integration of Design Thinking (DT) and Extreme Programming (XP) will be performed. The important aspect of this approach is that it focuses on users, and that it enables the repetitive evaluation of a prototype. Two innovative solutions will be used in ENVISION: Octopush and Data cubes.
 
The European Commission Project Officer the EC familiarized the ENVISION partners with the important administrative and financial issues.
 
There were certain potential challenges identified alongside the Covid-19 pandemic: lack of digital skills and capacities in the countries to apply and monitor the new CAP, necessity of changing the mindset of farmers and support them in the CAP compliance. In addition, it is crucial to educate the farmers as regards the environmental impact of their practices based on ENVISION and use the ENVISION services as a test case.
 
For example, in Lithuania 90% of the inspections are already performed by the NPA remotely, and the pandemic played here its role too. In 2019 the NPA used SEN4CAP-developed products (algorithms, etc.) for monitoring crop types cultivated on the agricultural land and grassland mowing. From now on, the NPA will use ENVISION products too.
 
More information about the project you can find here: https://envision-h2020.eu/
 
 
Last updated: 2020-10-09 13:27