Work Packages

Work Package 0 :

Title : Project Preparation
Description : A number of meetings took place among the research staff of the lead applicant (Ionian
University) and a significant amount of effort has been made for coordination and communication
with the partners. Finally, the staff of the lead applicant has worked finalizing the application form
of the project proposal.

  • Action 1 : Meetings among the staff of the lead applicant and external of the lead applicant took place among the research staff of the lead applicant (Ionian University) and a significant amount of effort has been made for coordination and communication with the partners. Finally, the staff of the lead applicant has worked finalizing the application form of the project proposal.

 

Work Package 1 :

Title : Crossborder Project Management and Coordination
Description : The role of the Lead Beneficiary commences with the conception of the project idea, continues with the development and submission of the proposal and follows through all stages till the completion of the works. This will include both administrative and financial actions in order to assure the smooth operation. Hence, the main objective of WP1 is the overall (administrative and financial) coordination of the project to ensure the smooth progress of the work and its compliance with the technical, time and monetary  contractual obligations and boundaries; safeguard the scientific content of the study outputs and the Conferences/Workshops; manage finances.

  • Action 1 : Ionian University will provide Administrative Services to the project, In terms of managerial assistance and book  keeping services. This will be acoplished by providing resourses in both stuff and equipment via the Research Committee of the  Ionian University.
  • Action 2 : The main administration and coordination activities will include partners' communication about upcoming events (workshops), deliverables, publication plans, etc. Administrative management will include preparation and submission of  Progress & Coordination Reports, the implementation of a Quality Plan, reviews of deliverables prior to submission, review of the time-plan and the internal procedures adopted for monitoring and implementation. An administrative meeting will take place every six months (two in Corfu, two in Rimini, two in Tirana). The first one (Kick-off) will take place in Corfu. A session of Total  Risk Profiling will take place to reveal and manage the vulnerabilities of the Project and ensure its sustainability.

 

 

Work Package 2 :

Title : Communication and Dissemination
Description : This WP refers to communication of the partners within the partnerships, communication between individual researchers, as well as dissemination of the project outputs, in order to maximize the results. This will include the development of digital information  services through a Portal, which will present: study outputs, workshops’ organization, organization of meetings (selection of location;  organization of travel and accommodation; correspondence of any specific event prior and after the organization), organization of exhibitions, educational activities, student competitions, training courses.

  • Action 1 : Communication Workshops and Dissemination actions and seminars: The action will include: a) four seminars that  they will be held in Corfu and they will be open to all those involved in order to ensure the best possible dissemination of the project outcomes. These will be thematically distinguished according to the project's actions, b) four Workshops to disseminate the project's outcomes, c) brochures and an e- book, d) TV and radio dissemination.
  • Action 2 : Portal development & Information communication: Logotype olive grove. Initial page: Aim, Information, Announcements, Space reserved for each Country, Museums, Forum: Olive grove; History, Art, Products, Quality, waste  ,Recipes,Body of Law, Innovation systems Statistical data, Useful links, Communication. We will develop and utilize an appropriate set of exchange formats, file formats and protocols. The administrator will be provided with a set of tools in order to
    renew contain, maintain the portal, add modules, create users and group of users. Users will be able to perform queries with
    different criteria. The portal will be available in two languages (Greek, English).
  • Action 3 : Four painting exhibitions related to the project's themes will be organized in Corfu public galleries.
  • Action 4 : Educational activities (organization and assessment) will be drawn to disseminate the project's themes to primary and secondary school students. These will include: the organization of student competitions (painting competition, essay writing competition), design and production of relevant educational material (printed and available online), organized educational visits and actions (presentations, games, other activities) in olive groves and relevant places (presses, mills, olive oil-made soap traditional factory) led by trained educators and experts.
  • Action 5 : Training courses and practical training sessions for target groups (farmers, university students, touristic industry, etc). Design and implementation of an open seminars series (lifelong learning) based on particular project aspects and outcomes  (economic & social history of the Corfiot olive grove, olive and olive oil in history and art, the olive production as a cultural  industry, promoting traditional olive-related methods and practices). The course will be based on lectures (taught part), presentations and workshops (seminar part) and will be available online (e-learning).

 

Work Package 3 :

Title : Cultivation of olive grove and environmental issues – Responsible Beneficiary: Ionian University
Description : The common objective of the studies on the olive grove in this project is to determine, all possible regions of application  of this project, the productive possibilities of the olive grove, the relevant products, the various risks threatening the existence of the  olive grove. Also, the project will assess the risks that may threat the environment, flora and fauna of the olive grove, stemming from the inefficient management of the olive grove as to its cultivation. Practices enhancing the products’ quality will be determined as well as  practices of processing of these products, such as in the olive mills, and practices of the waste management. As objective of this project is to transfer and disseminate relevant knowledge, so that its recipients be able to face these issues under proper practices, it is aimed, through special studies, to record and describe the olive grove’s products, to identify relevant problems and to present modern methods to resolve these issues, so that target groups be validly informed on the best methods of management of these problems. In order to achieve these objectives, five actions have been designed and relate to studies, for the conduct of which various researchers, special  scientists, faculty members and also external experts on olive cultivation and on sustainable environmental development, authorities in the respective fields are eager to contribute.

  • Action 1 : Products and by-products from the processing of olive-crop: Products and by-products of the olive grove of Corfu will be presented in a study, their prevailing varieties and their characteristics, relevant qualities and problems related to quality that arising due to the individuality of the olive grove of Corfu. The ability of exploiting the products and by-products of olive in local economy of Corfu will also be studied. 
  • Action 2 : Recording of existing waste management situation in olive presses: disposal of mills waste is a major factor in pollution & an intractable problem in the rural economy & natural environment of Corfu. Mill waste are phytotoxic, deteriorate ground quality, have an intense odor and a not readily biodegradable high organic load. Under this project, all operating mills will be recorded together with the quantities of liquid & solid waste generated by them. Also, ways that the waste is handled will be studied. Each method will be evaluated under the characteristics of the olive grove of Corfu. A Risk Analysis workshop will take place to manage potential threats to the environment from the olive grove itself and the process of its products.
  • Action 3 : Best methods for tackling olive-crop diseases: Enemies of the olive, such as the insects (olive moth), the places that they endemic, their biological characteristics and methods to overcome them will be presented in a study. Also, diseases that affect the olive, will be presented in the study. Various remedies, biotechnological, chemical and appropriate methods and treating practices will be presented. A Risk Analysis workshop will take place to identify and diminish the intolerable risks to the olive grove.
  • Action 4 : Consideration will be given to all necessary interventions in the Corfiot olive grove as part of a larger-scale environmental project on ameliorative interventions so that the upgraded olive grove, without the use of chemicals, with the proper management and with easy access, could attract visitors with a higher cultural level. The general premise and grounds for this study will be agro-tourism development in such a way that the farming population of Corfu can maintain their rural activities and social cohesion, there will still be the possibility for direct economic upgrading for the farmers and that, in a medium-term context, rural income will compete tourist income and that Corfu will be turned into a real “ecological” island.
  • Action 5 : The flora and fauna of the olive groves of Corfu: Object of the action is to study the detailed inventory of flora and fauna of the olive groves or Corfu, gathering and recording of plant (herbaceous plants, wild flowers and climbing plants, shrubs and trees) and fauna (birds) of olive groves in Corfu.

 

Work Package 4 :

Title : Economic and information aspects of olive grove – Responsible Beneficiary: Ionian University
Description : Qualitative and quantitative data related to the oil grove of Corfu will be gathered in a depth of adecade. Analysis of these data will lead to proposals for managing keyissues related to the olive grove (indicative: risk reduction in business sector, handling wastedisposal, quality control, market expansion). An empirical investigation willtake place to determine the information needs of the olive grove stakeholders (producers,processors, regulatory community, consumers and general public). Results ofthe survey will determine the development of a specialized Information Service covering theseneeds. Data evaluation may examine whether the olive tree groves, theolives or the olive oil are issues that may attract more tourists from either the local or internationaltravelling industry. This evaluation may be useful to determinewhether there is “olive tourism” besides the leisure tourism or the history tourism.The adoption ofquality standards set by the International Olive Oil Council, the CodexAlimentarius or European Legislation is also an issue to be investigated. Furthermore the extentthat safety or quality management systems are implemented in theinter-vocational sector of olive is interesting to be assessed. While food safety managementsystems are obligatory in the production, total quality management isimportant for the sustainability of the olive relate enterprises.

  • Action 1 : The olive grove as added value to thelandscape of Corfu:Quantitative dataincluding productionvolume, local income,number of employees,volume of exports,main producers andcustomers, is anindicative and not acomplete list of the quantitative data aimed to be collected. The selected data and a SWOT analysis will be used to evaluate the olive grove business sector. The results will be used to address key issues of the stakeholders in olive grove sector (risk management, waste disposal, market expansion, quality,etc.). The added value that will emerge from the effective management of the olive grove of Corfu island, will be highlighted to the sectors of the environment, labor,residence, tourism and sustainable development
  • Action 2 : Investigation of information needs for producers and processors: An empirical investigation determining the information needs of the farmers/producers of olive oil will take place. The research will reveal the information required by the producers related indicatively to pest control, olive harvesting, bulk quantities, standards of safety and quality,milling/bottling/labeling/testing equipment,management of waste disposal, market, diet.Furthermore, a number of related available information resources will be outlined.Results of this investigation will be useful for the development of a specialized conventional and digital Information material and service for the producers.
  • Action 3 : Study on the legal aspects related to the olive tree-olive oil-olive grove in the Adriatic area. The Study will contain an analysis of the following legal matters: 1. Legal rules for liability towards olive products’ consumers.2.Trademarks for the oil products within the Adriatic area. 3.Special rules for biological products as applied to the olive products. 4. Waste andenvironmentalregulations in relationto olive oil and olive oilproducts and waste.5.Competition rules. 6.Intellectual propertyrules related to olive oiland products. 7.Folklore traditionsconnected to the olivetree and olive oil. 8.Conclusions.

 

 

Work Package 5 :

Title :  Mediterranean diet based on olive consumption – Responsible Beneficiary: Ionian University
Description : A staple food for thousands of years for the inhabitants of the Mediterranean region, olives and olive oil is now becoming popular among consumers all over the world.Olives and olive oil is an integral ingredient of the diet of the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. Table olives and olive oil are broadly used in culinary applications such as cooking and frying, preparation of salads, cookies, pies, meat or fish related dishes and so many more. Olive trees have been reliable food sources for thousands of years, in the realm of the traditional food arena, olive oil and its products are a dominant class that continues to grow. The grow in genthusiasm about Mediterranean diet and olive oil is mainly due to the belief that there is a positive role of this diet in the prevention of certain diseases (e.g. coronary heart disease), related mostly to bioactive compounds present in Mediterranean foods such as olives.

  • Action 1 : Placing olive products in the modern Mediterranean eating habits. The nutritional value of olive products has been an issue of a great number of scientific publications. The degree that this fact is disseminated is to be investigated. Food consumption related to olive oil is collected, assessing eating . The extent that tourists are interested at olive based dishes or buy local olive based products. The degree whether branded products versus bulk products are preferred for consumption. Association of the food consumption data with epidemiological studies in the Mediterranean region. Monitoring of the different types and qualities of the olives and olive oil available in the local retail shops or at food service outlets.
  • Action 2 : Recipes based on the  use of olives and olive oil: Records of olive based recipes. Historical background of culinary applications with olives and olive oil. Training of chefs in olive based culinary art. Consumer information for the use of olives and olive oil in the home kitchen. Quality standards for the proper use of olive oil in food service outlets.

 

Work Package 6 :

Title :  Olive-grove and products in history and art
Description : This is a rather innovative WP focusing on the study of both the History of the olive from antiquity until today and the olive tree in arts and literature. This attempt is accompanied with an extensive mapping of traditional (non functioning) mills/presses in conjunction with an assessment of their prospects for further utilization. In general a chance of attribute is attempted since when people refer to the Corfiot olive grove they consider to be irrelevant to other activities such as culture and tourism.Through the three studies of the WP we try to reveal the value of olive grove as both cultural resource reflected in the history of Corfu as well as an economic resource interrelating the olive grove and the non functional olive mills with the tourism.

  • Action 1 : History of the corfiot olive grove, especially in modern times: the collection, selection and process of the archival, bibliographical and photographic/video material will be organized in appropriate structure for producing a DVD. All necessary tasks will be performed by a qualified scientific/research team, composed of scientists from various disciplines (historians, philologists, archaeologists and others) with deep knowledge and rich research experience. Primary research will be classified into subtopics such as History, Folklore, Religion, Arts and Literature. Recorded data, under this procedure, will include pictures, diagrams, articles, literature excerpts, poems, etc.
  • Action 2 : The olive tree and the olive grove of Corfu as a source of inspiration for local and foreign poets, writers and artists: the collection, and annotation of the literary material and other artistic creations related to the olive tree. Selected material will be annotated and discussed. Legends and traditions related to the olive tree will be searched and recorded.
  • Action 3 : Olive oil traditional mills and presses: mapping of traditional olive oil mills/presses in Corfu, recording of their conditions (including descriptions, drawings and photos) and proposal for possible new uses. An 1-hour dvd video will be produced.

 

Work Package 7 :

Title : The Albanian Perspective
Description : The WP aims at the collection, codification and dissemination of knowledge, so that the olive grove and products be differently regarded from the local society in the regions (Tirana and Vlora) examined in Albania. This is towards the direction of reversal of the tendency to consider the olive grove just as forest environment, but also towards the encouragement of activities which will contribute to the financial enhacement, through new methods of production and processing of olive oil products and their connection to the main revenue producing new opportunities for economic activity such as tourism.

  • Action 1 : Local Project Administration and Coordination activities for assuring smooth progress of the activities such as creation of management reports,communication with the management authority and other partners,monitoring of the execution of the project,correspondence with associates,programming and organization of partners’ meetings,material production,events organization for knowledge dissemination monitor of expenses.
  • Action 2 : Dissemination and Communication of the project outcomes,Workshops and Dissemination seminars and workshops(Organization,information material preparation), student competitions and awards, training courses.
  • Action 3 : Cultivation of olive grove and environmental issues:Products and by-products from the processing of olive-crop (Varieties,qualities, their availability in the prefecture of Vlora and Tirana, Problems and proposals to resolve them; a traditional soap factory), Recording of the existing waste management situation in olive presses(proposals to address any environmental problems based on international expertise),Best methods for tackling olive-crop diseases, Biological cultivation (existing situation and possibilities; legal framework and process certification scheme),Flora and Fauna in the olive grove.
  • Action 4 : Placing olive oil in the local diet. The nutritional value of olive products as compared to other competitive products.
  • Action 5 : Olive-grove and products in history and art: A study group from AUT will report on the development of olive-crop in Albania from antiquity until today. Hence the History of the olive from antiquity until today will be studied and a Map of traditional (non functioning) mills/presses and their condition (proposals for their new uses) is going to be developed.

 

Work Package 8 :

Title : The Italian Perspective
Description : The Provence of Rimini has a rich history of olive grove and indeed products and by-products of olive are representative of its tradition. The WP though a series of studies explore current models and techniques of oil production, the oil tree varieties and their
productivity, the economic efficiency of the olive grove in the area of Rimini. Issues examined include problems and diseases of olive grove, economic and environmental aspects, use of pesticides, waste from olives etc. Following the studies a number of communication and dissemination activities are taking place in order to promote innovated practices and change the attitude of the local societies in relation to the value of olive grove.

  •  Action 1 : Local Project Administration and Coordination activities for assuring smooth progress of the activities as well as smooth cooperation with the other partners.
  • Action 2 : Dissemination and Communication of the project outcomes, Workshops and Dissemination seminars and workshops (Organization, information material preparation), student competitions and awards, training courses.
  • Action 3 : Cultivation of olive grove and environmental issues: Products and by-products from the processing of olive-crop (Varieties, qualities, their availability in the province of Rimini, Problems and proposals to resolve them; a traditional soap factory), Recording of the existing waste management situation in olive presses (proposals to address any environmental problems based on international expertise), Best methods for tackling olive-crop diseases, Biological cultivation (existing situation and possibilities; legal framework and process certification scheme), Flora and Fauna in the olive grove.
  • Action 4 : Placing olive oil in the local diet. The nutritional value of olive products as compared to other competitive products.
  • Action 5 : Olive-grove and Province of Rimini products in history and art: A study group from AUT will report on the development of olive-crop in the Region of Rimini in Italy from antiquity until today. Hence the History of the olive from antiquity until today will be studied and a Map of traditional (non functioning) mills/presses and their condition (proposals for their new uses) is going to be developed.

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