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13 June 2019

Bioeconomy Pathways: Innovation, Development and Governance

Bioeconomy will play a central role in the transition to a sustainable society. What pathways to a bioeconomy is there? Join the discussion at our seminar about ways to a sustainable bio-based future.

Workers Discussing Sugar Cane.

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. The emerging bioeconomy will play a valuable role—albeit quite differentiated and contextualised—across countries and regions at quite different levels of development, just as the Sustainable Development Goals were envisioned to be universal in nature. Despite wide agreement on the future significance of the bioeconomy, there is less agreement on the pathways and tensions have arisen especially between conservation- vs. commercially-oriented systems, pathways and landscapes.

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

Coffee farmers in Bali generate biogas from waste for roasting and other energy needs. Learn more about this example of bioeconomy in this short video.


Från 13 juni 2019 vid 09:00 till 13 juni 2019 vid 11:30


KSLA, Drottninggatan 95 B,

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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 the leader of the SEI Initiative on Governing Bioeconomy Pathways

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