In order to gain expertise, develop the project in a participative way and ensure the monitoring of the results and the dissemination of data, the City wanted to set up a Scientific Council composed of experts in the key areas of the project: research institutes, associations and actors of the specialized ESS, local SMEs, partner communities, consular chambers, citizen councils, potential patrons, Prefecture.
The Scientific Council has an advisory role and aims to accompany the development of the Cité Maraîchère over time. It meets once a year to discuss the progress of the project. It met for the first time on 13 June 2018.
At this meeting, the Scientific Council decided to create four thematic working groups to measure, monitor and improve the local impact of the project on specific and key aspects of the project: employment, education, agronomic techniques and communication.
They meet approximately every quarter to monitor the implementation of the project, advise the City and support the operator. These meetings will also be a way to share the results and data from the Cité Maraîchère’s operations.
- The Employment Group, composed notably of Est Ensemble, the Departmental Council, the Employment Center, the Local Mission and the PLIE Together for Employment, has the following main tasks :
> to monitor job creation and the integration of people after their professional integration.
> to connect job supply and demand.
> to disseminate and promote job offers and training courses.
> to support the operator in defining its needs and the availability of local skills.
- The main tasks of the Agronomic Techniques group, which includes AgroParisTech, INRA, Astredhor, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Florentaise companies, UpCycle-La Boîte À Champignons and Moulinot, are to:
> monitor and evaluate agronomic systems, economic impacts (sales, distribution network, etc.), social impacts.
> analyze and take into account studies and survey results.
> identify needs (jobs, training, etc.).
- The Education group, which includes local representatives of the Ministry of National Education, local schools, AgroParisTech, the Departmental Council, the Montreuil Horticulture and Landscaping Trade High School and the IPAG Business School, has the following main tasks:
> monitor and evaluate educational activities (number of training courses and educational activities, number of graduates and participants and follow-up, etc.).
> design appropriate workshops.
> identify the requests for educational activities and plan them.
- The Communication group’s main tasks are to:
> prepare scientific communications.
> develop a shared communication strategy.
> plan public events.
These thematic working groups met for the first time in September 2018. These first meetings made it possible to present the project and its issues with regard to each of the themes, to initiate the co- construction process with the partners and define the modalities, to define the expectations/objectives for each of the groups, and to define an initial work schedule for each of the themes.
This system of governance, based on the voluntary participation of many partners, guarantees the monitoring of the project in all its dimensions: social, environmental, economic, regulatory, health, cultural.