National Engagement Event in Malta

NATI00NS National Engagement Event in Malta


Degradation pressures, mainly due to human activities related to overconsumption and industrial processes, affect soil health through physical damage or the introduction of pollutants. In turn, these processes disrupt the capacity of soils to provide a range of ecosystem services, with major economic, environmental, and societal consequences. Action is therefore urgently needed.

The ambitious EU mission "A Pact for Healthy Soils in Europe" aims to create 100 regional "Living Labs" and "Lighthouses", knowledge, and innovation centres, jointly creating and testing soil management practices and solutions to improve soil health.

The mission's ambition to achieve visible effects through its eight specific objectives requires a regular and efficient implementation of the Living Labs, as well as a good functioning and effective capitalisation of the results. For this purpose, the Living Labs must be well anchored, based on strong and committed communities, aware of the specific needs of soils in the framework of the mission, and access to knowledge and exchange networks.

In the framework of the engagement event in Malta, the NATI00NS project will assist and mediate the mission, addressing key awareness-raising messages to national stakeholders.


  • To raise awareness of the value of land as the foundation of our economy, social fabric, and ecosystems, and the need to change the way we manage land towards net-zero emission, efficient, smart, and circular production, and consumption systems.
  • To inform potential applicants of the concept and criteria of Living Labs and Lighthouses as established by the Mission.
  • To inform potential applicants about the conditions and timetable of the two open calls, followed by the presentation of concrete examples of Living Labs implementation at the national level.
  • To provide guidance to participants on upcoming activities: the creation of regional and transnational education and training networks through the B2match platform, and guidance on capacity-building opportunities.

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Time Session
9.00 – 9.15 Registrations and welcome coffee
9.15 – 9.30 Opening and introduction to the NATI00NS project
Jihen Boutiba & BUSINESSMED
EU delegation to Malta - TBC
9.30 – 10.00

The EU Mission “A Soil Deal for Europe” and its implementation at national level
Mahdi Khomsi & Rim Maamouri, BUSINESSMED

10 minutes Q&A

10.00 – 10.30

What are Living Laboratories and Lighthouses

10 minutes Q&A

10.30 – 11.00 Networking Coffee
11.00 – 11.30

Going into the details of the calls for proposals HORIZON-MISS-2023-SOIL-01-08 and HORIZON-MISS-2023-SOIL-01-09
Mr. Mark Meilak & Mr. Martin Vieira, MCST

10min Q&A

11.30 – 12.30 Engagement session
moderated by BUSINESSMED

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