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Harmonitor is divided in seven Work Packages grouped in four blocks

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Work Package 1 - Coordination and Management

Work Package 1 is responsible for the coordination and management activities of the HARMONITOR project.

Work Package 2 - Concepts and Methodologies for the HARMONITOR Platform

Work Package 2 acts as an umbrella over the activities of the other Work Packages. It establishes the starting points for the project and develops the concept for the HARMONITOR platform, an interactive review platform for the continuous harmonisation and improvement of certification schemes and labels (CSLs). Numerous stakeholders contribute to the update of the platform by providing inputs and feedback.

Work Package 3 - Global and EU Trade Flows of Biological Resources, Bio-Based Materials and Products

Work Package 3 collects data on the volumes and distribution of certified and non-certified biological resources, bio-based products and materials, mapping global trade-flows and imports and exports of the EU. It provides insight into the level of sustainability certification of the bio-based value chains most relevant for the EU bio-based economy.

Work Package 4 - Review and Analysis of Selected Existing CSLs for Biological Resources, Bio-Based Materials and Products

Work Package 4 adds to the HARMONITOR platform by comparing selected CSLs in terms of environmental, social, and economic performance, as well as assurance and governance system requirements. The findings are shared and discussed with different stakeholders, including scheme owners.

Work Package 5 - Development and Application of a CSL Monitoring System

Work Package 5 develops, applies, and validates a dynamic monitoring system for the CSLs that are reviewed and analysed in other Work Packages. The objective is to assess how far they cover environmental, social, and economic sustainability aspects and define a limited set of indicators that cover the robustness and effectiveness of CSLs.

Work Package 6 - Quantifying the Direct and Indirect Costs and Benefits of Adopting CSLs in Selected Industrial Bio-Based Value-Chains, Including Externalised Environmental and Social Costs

In Work Package 6, the direct and indirect costs and benefits of meeting the sustainability requirements set by selected CSLs are assessed, also considering the contribution of environmental and social externalities. The feasibility of large-scale market uptake of certification in the EU is assessed and the governance options to increase certified production are also evaluated.

Work Package 7 - Outreach Activities and Recommendations to Increase Impact, Increase Transparency and Promote Best Quality CSLs

In Work Package 7, all the findings from the various Work Packages are summarised and made available for a wide and diverse public. Many outreach activities are organised, such as workshops and conferences to involve various stakeholders and the general public.

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