Bioeconomy trends in developing countries

The Natural economy is characterised by subsistence farming and traditional biomass use with minimal technological inputs and low productivity, generally leading to ecosystem degradation as the population grows. The Fossil economy is primarily based on non-renewable resources and characterised by high levels of material consumption in relation to income and/or other measures of well-being.The Bioeconomy relies on renewable resources to produce food, energy, products and services while minimising biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation. In most low-income countries, the natural economy is still significant while high-income economies rely heavily on the fossil economy even as they aim to develop the bioeconomy. The bioeconomy spans many different sectors of economic activity and differs widely across regions; consequently, enabling policies and institutions are quite heterogeneous. In terms of governance, in the global North, the bioeconomy is normally aligned with climate mitigation policies or strategies. In the global South bioeconomy strategy is more likely to follow a “development first” approach. More than 40  ountries have developed bioeconomy strategies and/or are promoting an expanded role for bio-based economies. The  Stockholm Environment Institute has initiated a Bioeconomy Initiative which aims to guide key decision-makers at different levels towards more cohesive and constructive governance of bioeconomy pathways through a strategic framework for analysis, dialogue and capacity development.
This session aims to bring examples and views of bioeconomy emphasising a global perspective and aiming to connect  developments in the Global South to those in the EU and elsewhere, focusing especially on the value chains and different governance forms. The session provides regional overviews for Latin America, Asia and Africa and brings these together into a panel session.


15.30 -Welcome coffee and introduction to the session
Dr. Francis Johnson, Research Fellow Stockholm Environment Institute

15.45 – Global bioeconomy view
Dr. Martin Junginger, Professor Bio-Based Economy, Energy & Resources, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University

16.00 – Bioeconomy trends in Latin America
Prof. Suani Coelho PhD, Research Group no Bioenergia GBIO, Institute of Energy and Environment, University of São Paulo

16.15 – Bioeconomy trends in Asia
Dr. Ir. H. Wolter Elbersen, Senior Reseacher biomass production and bioenergy, Wageningen Food & Biobased Research, Netherlands

16.30 – Bioeconomy trends in Africa
Dr. Rocio Diaz-Chavez, Deputy Director, Energy and Climate Change Programme Leader, Stockholm Environment Institute Africa Centre

16.45 – Discussion panel
Moderator : Francis Johnson, SEI
Participants :
Suani Coelho, SP
Wolter Elbersen, WFBR
Arturo Sanchez, CINVESTAV Mexico
Thuy Mai-Moulin, Utrecht University
Rocio Diaz-Chavez, SEI

Tuesday 15th May 15:30 - 17:00

Room 18

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