Sustainable, global Bioeconomy
The bioeconomy covers all sectors and systems that rely on biological resources (animals, plants, micro-organisms and derived biomass, including organic waste), their functions and principles. It includes and interlinks: land and marine ecosystems and the services they provide; all primary production sectors that use and produce biological resources (agriculture, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture); and all economic and industrial sectors that use biological resources and processes to produce food, feed, bio-based products, energy and services. To be successful, the bioeconomy needs to have sustainability and circularity at its heart. This will drive the renewal of our industries, the modernisation of our primary production systems, the protection of the environment and will enhance biodiversity.
Bioeconomy can make important contributions to solving global problems, like health and nutrition of a growing global population, sustainable provision of food, energy, water and raw materials as well as soil protection, climate and environmental protection and therefore contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.
International Bioeconomy Forum
Bioeconomy needs to be part of future-oriented public debates at international level in order to facilitate the exchange of knowledge in the political and scientific community to ensure a sustainable production and use of the biomass resources available at global level. Various global governments are in the process of implementing their own bioeconomy strategies and have aligned to create an International Bioeconomy Forum (IBF).
The IBF is a platform for regular, strategic international cooperation building policy coherence and exploiting synergies between countries and regions to support the development of a sustainable, global bioeconomy.
Up to now, four Working Groups are running: