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The bioeconomy has mobilised significant investments in technology, research and innovation. New and innovative bio-products and related services have emerged, and related niche markets show dynamic growth. The future of the bioeconomy, however, raises questions relating to its development potential, but also its sustainability.
The latest What Science Can Tell Us study from the European Forest Institute assesses the scientific evidence and provides a synthesis of existing knowledge for policymakers on the importance of forests and the forest-based sector in contributing to the future European bioeconomy. It assesses the economic, social and environmental sustainability of a forest-based bioeconomy, and looks at issues that may affect its development.
The study concludes that a future European forest-based bioeconomy needs to be sustainable and socially inclusive. Substantial intellectual, political and economic investments are needed to underpin such a development, including:
The interdisciplinary scientific study was conducted by a team of 48 scientists from 27 research institutes in 12 countries.
Georg Winkel (editor). 2017. Towards a sustainable European forest-based bioeconomy – assessment and the way forward. What Science Can Tell Us 8. European Forest Institute. 162pp.
The study is published on 20.12.207 and is freely downloadable: http://www.efi.int/files/attachments/publications/wsctu8_2017.pdf
An executive summary is available: http://www.efi.int/files/attachments/publications/wsctu8_summary_2017.pdf
Further information from Lauri Hetemäki, EFI Assistant Director ( lauri.hetemaki @ efi.int)
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