ISLANDAP ADVANCED promotes new objectives on food security, waste reduction and efficient use of resources in the ORs, all this in an interregional, coordinated and multidisciplinary way, based on the work carried out in the previous ISLANDAP project (MAC/1.1a/207).

Under the title “R&D&i towards Aquaponic Development in the OR Islands and the Circular Economy. Interregional Forward Challenges”, ISLANDAP ADVANCED focuses on promoting innovation applied to aquaculture, hydroponics and microalgae to generate innovation in products and value-added processes (in fresh and salt water systems); and in R&D in Circular Economy adapted to ORs, with the development of bio-products.

Main beneficiaries will be: Universities and R&D Centers, that will have their knowledge and technologies in research areas reinforced; Companies, which will be in charge of enhancing this knowledge, generating wealth and employability in the Region; Regional centers with competencies in sustainability, environmental management and primary production, that will have greater support in R&D&i institutions; and general population that will have access to the results and applications of the project through training and dissemination actions.

The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the main beneficiary of the project, which has a consortium made up of 9 organizations, among which is the Canary Islands Institute of Technology, a public R&D center attached to the Ministry of Economy, Knowledge and Employment of the Canary Islands Government.

The project (with code MAC2/1.1a/299) is co-financed by the Interreg MAC 2014-2020 Cooperation Program, within Axis 1: Boosting research, technological development and innovation.

ISLANDAP ADVANCED is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the following being of special interest:

  • Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. (ULPGC) Canarias. España
  • Instituto Canario de Investigaciones Agrarias (ICIA). Canarias. España
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias, S.A. (ITC). Canarias. España
  • Agência Regional para o Desenvolvimento da Investigação, Tecnologia e Inovação (ARDITI). Madeira. Portugal.
  • Universidade da Madeira (UMa). Madeira. Portugal
  • Agencia Canaria de Investigación, Innovación y Sociedad de la Información (ACIISI). Canarias. España
  • Instituto Nacional de Investigação e Desenvolvimento Agrário (INIDA). Cabo Verde
  • Universidade de Cabo Verde (UniCV). Cabo Verde
  • Instituto Nacional de Desenvolvimento das Pescas (INDP). Cabo Verde

Main objective:

Promote, based on the results of the previous project ISLANDAP, the Bioeconomy and the Circular Economy with challenges of food security and efficient use of resources in the ORs in a coordinated and multidisciplinary interregional way, increasing the consortium in Madeira and Cape Verde.

Specific objectives:

  • Research and development in by-products, feeds and biological improvements for sustainable aquaponic production adapted to the ORs. Coordinated research in Aquaculture, Hydroponics and Microalgae to generate innovation in products and added value processes in fresh and salt water systems.
  • Research and development in soft technologies and automation for sustainable aquaponic production adapted to the ORs. Coordinated research in Engineering, Aquaculture, Hydroponics and Microalgae to generate added value products and processes for both freshwater and saltwater.
  • Research and development in Circular Economy for the generation of innovation in sustainable development and bio-products adapted to the ORs. Coordinated research in Economics, Engineering, Aquaculture, Hydroponics and Microalgae oriented to operational dynamics of networking and marketing.