Carpathian EcoCentre Association
The Carpathian EcoCentre Association believes that children are our future. Recent studies are showing an alarming increase of issues in
children and young people due to food disorder habits such as obesity or diabetes, also due to poor understanding of food sources. To tackle this, the association is focusing on the education of young people to provide them with essential information on healthy diets, local food and climate impacts. So far, activities have taken the form of didactic materials, developing partnerships with schools and kindergartens, and arranging excursions to local farms. The association is also a key bridging partner between schools, canteens, municipalities and producers. By educating children, the citizens of tomorrow will be empowered to make healthy and informed choices.
The association strives to collaborate with the local municipality to develop more flexible frameworks for the inclusion of non-formal education at local schools, putting sustainability and food on the agenda (combining). On the long-term, growing the community and supporting agro-biodiversity in the region will be key focus points.
Contact Person: Florentina Florescu
Email: [email protected]
Info about the Innovators and the Innovation portraits Catalogue
FoodSHIFT 2030 aims to launch an ambitious citizen-driven transition of the European food system towards a low carbon circular future, including a shift to less meat and more plant based diets. This transition is necessary in order to address the pressing challenges for food and nutrition security, contribute to the EU commitment of reducing GHG emissions by at least 40% by 2030, and revitalize urban-rural linkages and partnerships.
To do so, it establishes FoodSHIFT Accelerator Labs for maturing, combining, upscaling and multiplying existing food system innovations across nine front-runner city-regions. In turn these innovations contribute to the FoodSHIFT vision.
An Innovation Catalogue called “Innovation Portraits” was created to snapshot each of the Food Innovations connected with each of the FoodSHIFT Accelerator Labs (FALs) across the 9 city regions.
Info about the Innovation Portraits Catalogue
The Innovation Catalogue will snapshot each of the Food Innovations connected with each of the FoodSHIFT Accelerator Labs (FALs) across the 9 city regions. Each FAL has a dedicated innovation focus and each chapter will present innovation cases from a particular FAL. For each of the innovations presented, a snapshot of the innovation concept and purpose will be given, alongside the key impacts the innovation has in relation to the FoodSHIFT Impact Pathways and the acceleration ambitions of the innovation.
In addition, each innovation portrait is also categorized according to its Innovation Dimension. These dimensions indicate what kind of innovation is being presented, and where in the value chain it plays a role. This is indicated by these tabs. The dimensions are defined as follows:
Product – Innovations in this category address new or updated products, including quality, safety and market impact.
Process – These innovations are relevant to new technologies for processing, logistical improvements, infrastructure and new/improved services.
Social – Innovations in this category are relevant to changes in behaviour (e.g. consumers/citizens), development of new relationships and inclusiveness.
Governance – The innovations address policy developments, including food planning, subsidies, taxing, certificates & labelling.
Learn more about all the Innovation portraits: https://foodshift2030.eu/meet-the-people-changing-your-food-system/