Bioeconomy and ecosystem services – synergy or conflict?

This was the title of the  Final Conference of COST Action FP1207  Orchestrating forest-related policy analysis in Europe (ORCHESTRA) held between 5-6 September 2016 at the Université catholique de Louvain in the beautiful town of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. (UCL Library in Louvain la Neuve, a beautiful little town with very interesting architecture and intriguing history.  Find out more … Continue reading Bioeconomy and ecosystem services – synergy or conflict?

Is Bioeconomy a totalitarian approach?

The Bioeconomy concept has been definitely gaining momentum in recent years. In fact, it can be counted among recent emerging macro-political concepts that are defining entire science and technology policies in Western countries and beyond. However, most of the discussion is still at a conceptual level, and the concept is passed around mostly between science (research … Continue reading Is Bioeconomy a totalitarian approach?

Bioeconomy: a new form of business making? Views from Austria

Corn plantation landscape around Freiburg area. Photo: Alex Giurca This new opinion article published in Profil by Robert Prazak (article in German) takes a critical stand on the bioeconomy concept, asking if it’s really not just another new form of business making. With Austria close to completing its national bioeconomy strategy next year, the Austrians … Continue reading Bioeconomy: a new form of business making? Views from Austria

Do we need more matchmaking to make Bioeconomy happen ?

The Bioeconomy is here, closer than ever, especially in the research and development community where different initiatives constantly strive to engage as many researchers as possible  from cross sectors and disciplines. Bioeconomy endeavors to bring together researchers from all the different sectors, agriculture, forestry, energy, water and fisheries, chemical etc.  But is this easier said than done? "Moving … Continue reading Do we need more matchmaking to make Bioeconomy happen ?

Across forests and stakeholders: embracing complexity and bringing the landscape dimension closer to Europe

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Illustration of an alternative future-scenario for the case-study area Helgeå in Southern Sweden. Illustration of an alternative future-scenario for the case-study area Helgeå in Southern Sweden.

Landscapes can reflect a living fusion of people, culture and nature. Forests are an integral and crucial part of Europe’s vast, complex and extremely diverse landscapes. They provide an intricate and dynamic setting of people’s lives and offer an astonishingly diverse basket of ecosystem services. This delicate communion between people and nature also means that there is much at stake. Decisions and forest-related policies made at a macro level have immediate impacts on a local level.

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