Euro-Mediterranean and Lebanese innovators, researchers and stakeholders discuss challenges and opportunities in food, energy and water.
Berytech – the Ecosystem for Lebanese Entrepreneurs, successfully concluded a series of events as the local partner of the H2020 European Union-funded 5TOI_4EWAS project – which proposes a radically new way to generate and encourage innovation and research in the fields of water, energy and food in the region using the NEXUS approach.
Berytech brought together Euro-Mediterranean and Lebanese innovators, researchers, policy makers, international companies, investors and industrialists from the region for four days to facilitate international cooperation for the development of innovative solutions in the areas of water, energy and food. The different activities culminated during the Euro-Med Innovation Day event organized by Berytech with the financial support of the European Union and in collaboration with Beirut Digital District on April 26, 2018 in BDD1280.
“As the world population approaches 8 billion, with increasing demands for basic services and growing desires for higher living standards, the need for more conscious stewardship of these vital resources has become both more obvious and urgent.”
- Ramy Boujawdeh, Deputy General Manager at Berytech, speaking on behalf of Maroun N. Chammas, Berytech Chairman and CEO.
In the MENA region – where economic and political challenges are common and resources are scarce, water, energy and food securities are considered an important drive to peace and prosperity. Water security, energy security and food security are inextricably linked and actions in any one area usually have impacts in one or both of the others; “therefore, there is a need to tackle this matter at the macro and government policy level through mobilizing the innovation ecosystem to improve access to these resources and mobilizing their use to optimize economic development,” explained Boujawdeh.
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