PHEMAC – Participatory Hub for effective mapping, acceleration, and capitalisation of EU-MPC NEXUS best practices

Jan 9, 2024News

Too often, projects’ results remain at the scientific level and fail to sufficiently establish a connection between the public and private sectors due to different hindering factors. To face this challenge, PHEMAC aims to develop and disseminate an interactive platform to profile best practices of previous and ongoing projects and initiatives related to farming systems, water and food in MED region.

The Best Practices Catalogue is grounded in functional benchmarking, a robust methodology that identifies and analyses best practices among funded projects. The applied econometric studies employ a composite indicator that systematically evaluates key impact drivers. This methodology enables a nuanced understanding of the multifaceted aspects influencing project outcomes.

A series of key dimensions has been evaluated derived from the previous benchmarking exercises to understand the differential aspects for each of the proposed best practices. In this sense, within the catalogue, it is provided information about such practices:

  • Commercialisation Potential: Assessing the projects’ effectiveness in bringing innovations to market, capturing economic and societal benefits.
  • Intellectual Property Rights Protection and Utilisation: Examining strategies employed to protect intellectual property and the extent to which it is leveraged for broader applications.
  • Entrepreneurial and Cultural Activities: Analysing initiatives that foster entrepreneurial spirit and cultural engagement, contributing to a vibrant innovation ecosystem.
  • Magnitude of Cooperation: Evaluating the extent of collaboration and partnerships, both within and outside project boundaries, fostering synergies and knowledge exchange.
  • Technological Advancement: Measuring the projects’ contributions to technological progress, ensuring they stay at the forefront of innovation.

The purpose of this PHEMAC catalogue derives from its design to inspire and guide project stakeholders, policymakers, and practitioners. By distilling insights from successful projects, the catalogue serves as a repository of actionable strategies and methodologies to enhance project impact.

In this sense, PHEMAC expects that the catalogue goes beyond showcasing achievements; it provides a roadmap for the replication of successful practices. Capitalising on suggested actions and recommendations, stakeholders can strategically improve project outputs and contribute to a more significant societal and economic impact.
Within the catalogue, the reader will observe detailed profiles of projects exemplifying the best practices, illustrating their journey from inception to impactful outcomes, including a series of actionable insights and recommendations derived from the benchmarking analysis, guiding the practices’ stakeholders in implementing effective strategies.

Besides, it provides practical guidance on replicating successful practices, ensuring adaptability to diverse project contexts, derived from the analysis of the impact metrics by using criteria for measuring and assessing the impact of implemented best practices, facilitating continuous improvement.

This Best Practices Catalogue represents a valuable resource for the PRIMA community, providing a blueprint for elevating project impact. By embracing and replicating these best practices, stakeholders can contribute meaningfully to the advancement of competitiveness within the PRIMA SRIA priorities, fostering innovation, economic growth, and societal well-

The unique feature of PHEMAC relies on its innovative methodological approach, state-of-the-art STI informatics lab with data mining & high-tech analytical tools to support the establishment of the platform with distinctive characteristics and automated interaction-
response. PHEMAC relies on the innovation intelligence expertise among the consortium, having industry and tech parks in the driving seat for development.

This benchmarking report presents a comprehensive compilation of best practices identified from a range of projects targeting critical challenges in water management, agriculture, farming, and the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus. These projects, funded by diverse programs such as PRIMA, H2020, ARIMNET, ENI-CBC-MED, and ENPI-CBC-MED, represent a
cross-section of innovative approaches and solutions adopted in various geographic and socio-economic contexts.

The primary aim of this report is to identify, document, and analyse successful practices and methodologies that have shown significant impact in addressing the intertwined challenges of water scarcity, agricultural productivity, sustainable farming, and the integrated
management of water, energy, and food resources. By doing so, the report seeks to provide policymakers, stakeholders, and practitioners with actionable insights and a framework for replicating these successes in similar contexts.

Our approach involved a meticulous review of project outputs, focusing on measurable outcomes, innovation in approach, scalability, and sustainability. We engaged with project teams, beneficiaries, and experts to gain a deeper understanding of the factors contributing
to the success of these initiatives. Additionally, we employed comparative analysis to draw parallels and distinctions among the various practices, further enriching the scope and applicability of our findings.

The report highlights a diverse range of best practices, from advanced water-saving technologies in agriculture to integrated policy frameworks that effectively address the WEF Nexus. These practices not only demonstrate tangible benefits in their respective areas but also showcase the potential for broader application and adaptation. The findings are instrumental in guiding future projects and policies, offering a roadmap
for leveraging existing knowledge and experiences to tackle similar challenges globally.

This benchmarking report serves as a crucial resource for decision-makers and stakeholders engaged in addressing water, agricultural, farming, and WEF Nexus challenges. By providing a synthesis of proven practices and lessons
learned, it aims to foster a collaborative and informed approach to sustainability and resilience in these vital sectors.