Bioeconomy World Regions: Latin America & Caribbean

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Parallel Workshops III, 20th April, 11:00 – 13:00 / Track: "Bioeconomy of World Regions"

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Concept note for participants oft he workshop – Click here to download

Co-Chairs

  • Rubén Echeverría, Director General, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
  • Adrián Rodríguez, Chief Agricultural Development Unit, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Eduardo Trigo, Senior Bioeconomy Advisor to the Ministry Agroindustry, Argentina

 

Rapporteur

  • Guy Henry, CIAT/CIRAD

 

Abstract

In Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) interest for the bioeconomy has increased significantly. The bioeconomy is alternative for economic growth with decoupling of GHG emissions, which can contribute to advance Agenda 2030. Argentina is at the forefront and the Province of Buenos Aires has already approved a Bioeconomy Strategy. Colombia is in the process of developing a bioeconomy strategy, within the context of the Peace process, and Ecuador and Costa Rica have recently started processes in the same direction. And others are expected to follow.

The LAC workshop is part of an ongoing- process to raise awareness and strengthen capacities for the development of the bioeconomy in countries of the region. This process includes the work developed in the EU co-funded projects ALCUE-KBBE and ALCUE-Net and the two regional bioeconomy seminars organized by ECLAC in October 2015 (in collaboration with ALCUE-Net) and January 2018 (in collaboration with FAO and support from the ECLAC French and German cooperation programs).

Opportune synergies can be reaped from the current renewed interest in the bioeconomy model by regional agencies such as FAO-RLC, UN-ECLAC, CIAT and IICA-OAS.

Objectives, Key Topics and Expected Outcome:

  • To highlight progress in policy making for the bioeconomy in LAC countries since the Regional Seminar LAC Bioeconomy 2015 and the GBS Berlin 2015.
  • To identify opportunities and barriers for the development of sustainable and inclusive bioeconomies in LAC countries, including issues related to policy and regulations, R & D and innovation, research for development, and the role of the private sector.
  • To propose intra-LAC and inter regional collaboration mechanisms based on identified best practices and lessons in policymaking, research for development, and design of incentives and regulation for the bioeconomy.

 

Key topics:

  • Policy and regulations
  • Research and development and innovation.
  • Valorization of biological resources, marked development and the role of the private sector.
  • Intra and inter-regional collaboration towards building a sustainable and inclusive bioeconomies.

 

Expected outcome:

The workshop will provide a set of recommendations for national governments, regional LAC and international organizations to focus their national policies and technical, scientific and financial bioeconomy related cooperation activities.

Guiding questions:

Region specific – For LAC:

  1. What is the current situation regarding the development of bioeconomy and bioeconomy-related strategies in Latin American and Caribbean countries? (i.e. intensiveness and depth of bioeconomy development). What is the understanding of the concept? (e.g. environmental, productive, innovation, etc.). What are the entry points? (e.g. biotechnology, biodiversity, bioenergy, climate change etc.).
  2. How do policy strategies in Latin American and Caribbean countries consider SDGs? What is the potential of the bioeconomy to achieve SDGs in the region? What are niches / comparative resource advantages for the bioeconomy to contribute to achieve SDGs? The same in relation to NDCs? (in the context of the UNFCCC).
  3. What are the challenges in Latin American countries concerning the development of bioeconomies (e.g. policy and regulation, science and technology, resource competition, jobs, potential winners and losers).
  4. What are the opportunities for collaboration among bioeconomy stakeholders (e.g. public private, R&D) within Latin America and the Caribbean? (e.g. networking, platforms, observatories, ad-hoc working groups, etc.). What potential arises from the development of synergies between life sciences and emerging technologies (e.g. ICTs, digital platforms, precision agriculture, etc). What is the potential for intra and inter regional cooperation? (e.g. role of regional inter-governmental mechanisms and technical cooperation entities).

 

Global perspective:

5. How to achieve a successful bioeconomy integration and how to encourage cooperation with other world regions in building a sustainable global bioeconomy? (e.g. global value chains, scientific cooperation). What are the opportunities for LAC to contribute to a global bioeconomy? (e.g. participation in global platforms, provision of raw materials vis-à-vis value added to biological resources, development of biodiversity-based products, etc.).

Agenda

  1. Introduction and motivation (including a summary of the Regional Seminar LAC Bioeconomy 2018)
  2. Presentation of panelists
  3. Short statements / views by panelists on issues addressed in the background document
  4. Interaction moderator – participants; among panelists
  5. Conversation with the audience Moderator / rapporteur: Guy Henry, CIRAD/CIAT

 

Guiding questions for group discussions

  1. Region specific: What is the understanding of bioeconomy concepts and what are the strategies in Latin American countries?
  2. What is the unmet bioeconomical potential to achieve SDGs in the region and how do policy strategies in Latin American countries consider SDGs?
  3. Region specific: What are the challenges in Latin American countries concerning the development of bioeconomies (science policy, resource competition, jobs, potential winners and losers)
  4. Region specific: What are the opportunities for collaboration within Latin America, incl. private sector innovations? In addition, what potential arises from the development of synergies between life sciences and digitization?
  5. Global perspective: How to achieve a successful integration into global value chains and how to foster cooperation with other world regions in the global bioeconomy?

 

Speakers

  • Andres Murchison, Secretary of Food and Bioeconomy, Ministry of Agroindustry, Argentina
  • Tarsicio Granizo Tamayo, Minister of the Environment, Ecuador
  • Bernardo Silva, Brazilian Industrial Biotechnology Association (ABBI)
  • Antonio Oliveira, Center for Strategic Studies and Management in Science, Technology and Innovation (CGEE)
  • Alejandro Mentaberry, Executive Coordinator, Scientific and Technological Cabinet, Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Argentina
  • María Eugenia Silva Carrozzone, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Unit, Ministry of Livestock and Agriculture, Uruguay
  • Olman Quirós, Dean, College of Agrofood Sciences, University of Costa Rica
  • Luis Fernando Ceribelli Madi, Federal Director of the Institute of Food Technology - ITAL, Secretary of Agriculture and Supply - São Paulo State
  • Ingo Plöger, Past President and President of the Brazilian Chapter, Entrepreneurial Council of the Americas (CEAL)
  • Gabriela Couto, President, CR-BioMed Cluster, Costa Rica