The CASCADE regional position has been published and is now available for download from the media centre. The regional paper draws together the findings from the seven national position papers developed by the South Asian partners, and identifies regional position paper that identifies global challenges and research priorities of mutual interest to the EU and South Asia.
The paper directly addresses the seven societal challenges addressed by Horizon 2020: Health, demographic change and well-being; Food security, sustainable agricultures, marine and maritime research and the bio-based economy; Secure, clean and efficient energy; Smart, green and integrated transport; Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials; A changing world, inclusive innovative and reflective societies; Secure societies.
The paper considers the current status of the South Asian region in respect of these issues, the priorites for action, and finally, those areas that offer the most potential for EU-South Asia cooperation. The idenfied opportunities include:
1. Detection and prevention of NCDs / infectious diseases
2. Demographic changes – (ageing population, youth), increase support, demography and innovation, design, environmental changes
3. Exploit ocean - promote bio-economy, economically viable ecosystems and services, and community based entrepreneurship
4. Harness hydro, wind, solar, biomass and other renewables (knowledge exchange of renewable technologies)
5. Disaster risk reduction, including related information systems – big data
6. Integration of climate change adaptation within national policies and planning
7. Early warning, monitoring of chronic climate change, preparedness and mitigation towards increased resilience
8. Greater inclusivity (including participation of women & youth and consideration of the vulnerable, internationalisation, employment)
9. Improve social harmonisation among diverse populations
10. Low cost, carbon neutral green transport
11. Tackling border security (trafficking, crime, surveillance) and cyber crime