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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08:30 Coffee and registration

09:00 Welcoming remarks

  • Nella Canales, Research Fellow, 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

  • Mårten Larsson, Spokesperson Bioeconomy, EU and Forestry, Skogsindustrierna (Forest Industry)

09:50 Panel discussion

with Julius Ecuru, Wahida Maghraby, Mårten Larsson.

10:10 Coffee/tea break

10:25 Part 2: national to global perspectives

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)

Developing sustainability indicators for the bioeconomy

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

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

with Lee Lynd, Olivier Dubois, Adrián G. Rodriguez, Kaja Peterson.

11:35 Closing remarks

  • Måns Nilsson, Executive Director, SEI

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