Monitoring the environment via bees in a scientific approach, the Belgian SME proposes quantitative metrics of the biodiversity and of pollution. It then offers to companies and cities nature-based solutions and strategies to create value, increase biodiversity on-site, lower pollution (& pesticides) and impact positively local stakeholders. They have experience in different sectors such as water production, farming, quarries, recycling, industrial sites, construction and infrastructure, food, smart cities...
The SME has developed a successful business model and is already selling the tool to large well-known enterprises in different sectors. It is already monitoring 50 000 hectares in about 100 sites per year. They have clients already in 7 EU countries and in the USA. They have experience in applying to Horizon 2020 and LIFE.
They are looking for consortia applying for the H2020 European Green Deal Call to work under a research cooperation agreement.
The innovation can indeed contribute to at least 3 goals of the European Green Deal:
1. Preserving and restoring ecosystems and biodiversity
2. Realising a zero pollution ambition and a toxic-free environment
3. Transition to a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system.
The SME would take up the role of partner in the project proposal, in particular to monitor progresses of projects to be submitted under the following topics :
- LC-GD-6-1-2020: Testing and demonstrating systemic innovations in support of the Farm-to-Fork Strategy
- LC-GD-7-1-2020: Restoring biodiversity and ecosystem services
- LC-GD-8-1-2020: Innovative, systemic zero-pollution solutions to protect health, environment and natural resources from persistent and mobile chemicals
- LC-GD-10-3-2020: Enabling citizens to act on climate change, for sustainable development and environmental protection through education, citizen science, observation initiatives, and civic engagement, subtopic 2.
Their advisory capacity and past experiences in biodiversity regeneration and sustainable agriculture could also be particularly relevant for topics 6.1 and 7.1. The monitoring tool has already been tested for chemicals in relevance for topic 8.1. For topic 10.3, as already planned in their development strategy, they could further develop one of their tool to support citizens ‘ observation.
Beyond the Green Deal Call, their expertise could also be used more broadly for internal evaluation of environmental European projects (biodiversity, pesticides, pollution... with quantitative indicators) in Horizon Europe, LIFE….
The tools are also offered to compagnies and cities in the framework of commercial agreement with technical assistance for development of remediation projects.