Biodiversity for a sustainable and thriving Bioeconomy


Parallel Workshops I, 19th April, 11:35 - 13:35 / Track: "Innovation & Environment"



  • Maritta Koch-Weser, Founder and President, Earth3000 gGmbH Germany/Programa Amazonia em Transformação , Institute for Advanced Studies USP/Brazil
  • Johannes Vogel, Vice Chairman of the German Bioeconomy Council, Director General, Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science, Berlin, Germany


Johannes Vogel


This workshop Biodiversity for a sustainable and thriving Bioeconomy will discuss opportunities and approaches for building a more vibrant bioeconomy which is 1) delivering the necessary systemic change towards a sustainable global economy and 2) designed to protect nature.

Time has come to gauge the diversity and economic potential of unique rainforest biodiversity resources sustainably. A new economy - truly competitive with destructive livestock, soy bean, oil palm and other forest substitution economies - needs to be developed based on sustainable use of forest and aquatic resources. In the world’s tropical rainforest regions, biodiversity knowledge – in combination with applied research and locally anchored (bio-) economy approaches -- would contribute significantly towards the rational and sustainable use of unique biodiverse resource systems, and towards improved livelihoods of local people.

We want to discuss what opportunities and challenges are ahead to realise this, what framework conditions must exist and which approaches and solutions are feasible. Many stakeholders need to work together to achieve progress. Biodiversity science, development, training, policy and finance communities must align approaches to accelerate change over the coming years.


Agenda and Speakers

Part I:

The two Chairs introduce the challenges the workshop will address & the follow-up the workshop will receive.

  • Johannes Vogel/Maritta Koch-Weser: Biodiversity as the foundation for Bioeconomy (point of departure; 10 minutes)
  • Johannes Vogel/Thomas von Rintelen: Harnessing biodiversity knowledge as an open global resource (15 Minutes)
  • Ismael Nobre: Making Research Matter for Nature Protection (15 Minutes)

Examples of Bioeconomic Development Opportunities (Small panel/ 5 Minutes each)

  • Shamsun Khan – Biomedicine Prospecting
  • Volker Sieber – Biorefinery
  • Maria Beatriz Martins-Costa – Nature Cosmetics, Amazonia

Maritta Koch-Weser: Bioeconomy at Community-Level: Farm models, infrastructure, finance & market access, regulatory environment (10 Minutes)

Part II:

Five round-table discussions (30 Minutes):

Levers to move towards a sustainable Bioeconomy in Rainforest Environments (each table will have a designated discussion leader & rapporteur)

  • Academic perspective: How to create biodiversity knowledge that makes a tangible contribution for nature protection? (Discussion leader: Olman Madrigal, Dean, University of Costa Rica)
  • Studies & Demonstration programs in applied community level research?
  • Governance – Key ingredients of a more enabling framework?
  • Sustainability definitions & monitoring – the Achilles Heel of Bioeconomy? (Discussion leader: Harald Schneider, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences)
  • Biotools – how can biodiversity help for technology development? (Discussion leader/rapporteur: Volker Sieber)

Tables report back to plenary (15 Minutes)

Chairs’ wrap-up by the co-chairs