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Third CASCADE newsletter published

The third CASCADE newsletter is now available to download from the media centre. The newsletter includes updates from the work packages, as well as details of recent and upcoming events.

Regional position paper published

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

CASCADE findings presented in Brussels

The major findings from the CASCADE project were presented at an open briefing event at the UK Research Office in Brussels. The event, held on 9th March, was attended by over 25 representatives from European and South Asian government agencies, as well as fundings bodies and other research groups.

The event was held to raise awareness about the project and the opportunities for research and innovation collaboration between the EU and South Asia.

The agenda focused on messages for the region – our specific experiences and feedback. These included:
Regional priorities for EU-South Asia cooperation to address societal challenges
South Asian national and regional stakeholders related to societal challenges
Engaging South Asian partners in Horizon 2020 - Policy relevant results

The session was facilitated by the Lead Investigator, Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga from the University of Huddersfield in UK, her colleague, Professor Richard Haigh, also from the University of Huddersfield who led the development of the regional paper, and Dr Champika Liyanage, from the University of Central Lancashire in the UK, who was responsible for coordinating preperation of the seven national position papers in South Asia.

A copy of the presentation materials made available on the day can be download from the CASCADE media centre.

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