The global bioeconomy has emerged as a key cross-cutting element of the sustainability transition in the coming decades. A modern bioeconomy offers a healthier and more prosperous future through resource efficiency, climate resilience and sustainable production systems for food, feed, fuels and value-added products and services.

Despite wide agreement on the future significance of the bioeconomy, there is less agreement on the pathways to be taken and tensions have arisen especially between conservation-oriented versus commercially-oriented systems, pathways and landscapes.

In this seminar we will discuss bioeconomy pathways in broad terms across different world regions, scales and sectors; emphasizing the key role of innovation, important development linkages, and the governance requirements.


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09:00 Welcoming remarks

  • Nella Canales, Research Fellow, SEI
  • Måns Nilsson, Executive Director, SEI

09:10 Introduction and overview

  • Francis X. Johnson, Senior Research Fellow and bioeconomy initiative leader, SEI
  • Ivar Virgin, Senior Research Fellow, SEI

09:20 Part 1: local to national perspectives

Promoting a knowledge-based innovative bioeconomy for eastern Africa

  • Julius Ecuru, Bioinnovate Africa Programme Manager, ICIPE, Nairobi

The bioeconomy of small-scale oil palm growers in Indonesia

  • Wahida Maghraby, Agriculture Attache, Mission of Indonesia to the EU, Brussels

Towards a fossil-free society in Sweden: the role of the bioeconomy

  • Speaker to be announced

09:50 Panel discussion 1

  • Moderator: Lisa Sennerby Forsse, President, KSLA

10:10 Coffee/tea break

10:25 Part 2: national to global perspectives

Developing sustainability indicators for the bioeconomy

  • Olivier Dubois, Senior Natural Resources Officer, FAO, Rome

Mapping the bioeconomy in Estonia and the EU

  • Kaja Peterson, Senior Researcher, SEI Tallinn

A regional perspective from Latin America on the bioeconomy

  • Adrián G. Rodriguez, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

Biofuels and the global bioeconomy: land, climate and development implications

  • Lee Lynd, Professor of Engineering and Adjunct Professor of Biology, Dartmouth College

11:15 Panel discussion 2

  • Moderator: Lisa Sennerby Forsse, President, KSLA

Coffee farmers in Bali generate biogas from waste for roasting and other energy needs. Video: su-re co / YouTube.