Science Policy Ministerial Meetings of South East Europe                       Sarajevo, Bosnia-HerzegovinaExpert Meeting ...
Under the aegis of UNESCO and IUPAC in the InternationalYear of Chemistry 2011, with the encouragement of theAdvisory Boar...
Background of the Thematic Area of InterestIn a world with growing population (expected for year 2050 - 9billion people) t...
The Basic Idea of the NetworkBeing in a climatically favorable environment, the BalkanPeninsula has a rich biodiversity (m...
The strategic goal of SEE PhytoChemNet – utilization ofthe local biodiversity to search for biologically activecompounds f...
The Background of the Initiative                Institute of Organic      Chemistry with Centre of Phytochemistry         ...
“Southeast European Network on Phytochemistry andChemistry of Natural Products for Green and Sustainable                  ...
Important Links – New Opportunities      Danube Strategy                                        Black Sea         SEE     ...
The Concept and the Activities of “Southeast European Network on Phytochemistry and Chemistry of       Natural Products fo...
UNESCO-BRESCE deserves special                                 recognition the continuous support                         ...
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Mr Vladimir Dimitrov – Institute of Organic Chemistry / Centre of Phytochemistry, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences “Southeast European Network on Phytochemistry and Chemistry of Natural Products for Green and Sustainable Growth” (SEE PhytoChemNet)”

  1. 1. Science Policy Ministerial Meetings of South East Europe Sarajevo, Bosnia-HerzegovinaExpert Meeting on Science, Technology and Innovation for South East Europe 22-23 November 2012Phytochemistry for sustainable development in SEE “Southeast European Network on Phytochemistry and Chemistry of Natural Products for Green and Sustainable Growth” (SEE PhytoChemNet) Prof. Vladimir Dimitrov – Institute of Organic Chemistry with Centre of Phytochemistry
  2. 2. Under the aegis of UNESCO and IUPAC in the InternationalYear of Chemistry 2011, with the encouragement of theAdvisory Board of the International Basic ScienceProgramme of UNESCO and the support of the Division ofBasic Sciences in the Sector of Natural Sciences ofUNESCO and the UNESCO Venice Office (BRESCE), ninecountries from Southeast Europe – Bulgaria, Croatia,Greece, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia,Turkey – created in 2011 “Southeast European Network on Phytochemistry andChemistry of Natural Products for Green and Sustainable Growth” (SEE PhytoChemNet)The Network is open to any other country from the region.
  3. 3. Background of the Thematic Area of InterestIn a world with growing population (expected for year 2050 - 9billion people) the utilization of the available natural resources in abest possible way is of highest priority. Significant part of thenatural resources for a given region is the local biodiversity (plantsand herbs, fungi, organisms etc.).Natural product derived from plants, herbs and other naturalsources have been used for centuries as the basis of preventiveand cosmetic products, and therapeutic substances withintraditional medicine practices.The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that around 80%of the world’s population relied on medicinal plants as their primaryhealthcare. In industrialized countries, plant-based traditionalmedicines or phytotherapeutics are often termed complementaryor alternative medicine, and their use has increased steadily overthe last years. In the USA alone, the total estimated “herbal” salesfor 2005 were $4.4 billion, a significant increase from $2.5 billion in1995.
  4. 4. The Basic Idea of the NetworkBeing in a climatically favorable environment, the BalkanPeninsula has a rich biodiversity (medicinal and aromatic plants,organisms etc.) with high potential for utilization anddevelopment of products with high added value for applications inthe area of Quality of lifeIn particularly the phytochemistry and the chemistry of naturalproducts offer a chance for developing sound economy based onknowledge with high added value. Activities:Biodiversity Products with high •Scientific research,(medicinal and aromatic added value technological •Nutraceuticalsplants and organisms) development and •Cosmetic innovations •Drug candidates •Technology transfer •Production (SME)
  5. 5. The strategic goal of SEE PhytoChemNet – utilization ofthe local biodiversity to search for biologically activecompounds for applications (biomedical, cosmetic,functional food etc.) and commercialization. Science Technological development SME Innovation
  6. 6. The Background of the Initiative Institute of Organic Chemistry with Centre of Phytochemistry (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)The Centre of Phytochemistry was founded in 1977,within a joint project of the Bulgarian Government,UNDP and UNESCO for scientific and applied researchand training of specialists.
  7. 7. “Southeast European Network on Phytochemistry andChemistry of Natural Products for Green and Sustainable Growth” (SEE PhytoChemNet)• Brain-storming meeting (May 2011)• Kick-off meeting (September 2011):• Steering committee meeting (May 2012) Examples of activities: •Project Proposal UNESCO Participation Program “Innovative Approaches for Better Utilization of Local Biodiversity in SEE Based on Ethnopharmacology” •SME collaborations in Bulgaria, Macedonia, SerbiaActive participants: Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia,Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey The Network is open to any other country from the region
  8. 8. Important Links – New Opportunities Danube Strategy Black Sea SEE Economic PhytoChemNet Cooperation NASAC The Network of African Science AcademiesThe link was established through thecooperation with UNESCO and EASAC
  9. 9. The Concept and the Activities of “Southeast European Network on Phytochemistry and Chemistry of Natural Products for Green and Sustainable Growth” (SEE PhytoChemNet) are highly relevant to Europe 2020THE POLICY CONTEXT OF SMART SPECIALISATION • smart growth, based on knowledge and innovation; • sustainable growth, promoting a more resource efficient, greener and competitive economy; • inclusive growth, fostering a high employment economy delivering economic, social and territorial cohesion.
  10. 10. UNESCO-BRESCE deserves special recognition the continuous support and the encouragement provided to the creation and sustainable development of scientific collaborative networks in some fields of high regional importance like that I just described Thank You for Your AttentionSilybum marianum Laburnum (milk thistle) (golden chain) Carsil (Silymarin) Tabex (Cytisine)

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