Measuring and Monitoring the Bioeconomy


Parallel Workshops I, 19th April, 11:35 - 13:35 / Track: "Policy"



  • Stefan Bringezu, Professor, Center for Environmental Systems Research, Sustainable Resource Futures Group, University of Kassel, Germany
  • Pedro Machado, Coordinator, Embrapa Labex Europe, Brazil



  • Olivier Dubois, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UNFAO)



The Global Bioeconomy Summit 2015 highlighted that for the bioeconomy to be transformative it must contribute to at least eight of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly those related to food security and nutrition; health and well-being; and clean water and sanitation. Policy makers need to know what is essential to bioeconomy’s growth in technological, organizational and social aspects without causing any harm to the ecosystem services. Climate change mitigation and adaptation, biodiversity conservation, and living under water scarcity are additional challenges that demand collective action. Public policy and governance are urgently needed to steer bioeconomy development at a reasonable pace. Besides interministerial cooperation, capacity building and broad societal participation, monitoring and assessment efforts have to contribute to a goal-oriented bioeconomy. Only if the knowledge base is sufficiently strong and consistent can appropriate governance be planned and evaluated.

Monitoring and assessment of the bioeconomy at the regional, national, and international level are the foci of this workshop. The performance of the bioeconomy needs to be measured across scales, and be assessed in terms of social, environmental and economic impacts. The production side needs to be considered as well as the consumption side, including international trade flows between regions.

Guiding questions:

  1. What are the best practise examples to measure and monitor the impact of bioeconomy on society, environment, and economy, nationally, regionally and internationally? Which concepts and tools should be used to improve measurement and monitoring of bioeconomy in the context of the SDGs?
  2. What are the critical measures of assessing good governance in the bioeconomy for policy makers and civil society?
  3. What further contributions of science and research are needed to enhance international cooperation and deliver key performance indicators?


Agenda and Speakers

Plenary statements with group breakouts brainstorming a la world cafe (six persons per table), although without changes between theme groups due to time availability. Preselection of prefered themes by participants immediately after registration.

Inputs during table discussions will be recorded on paper table cloths and recorded by table rapporteurs on laptops to be presented to the plenary of workshop, and taken as basis for overall record of the meeting.

Role of the hosts of each table: Invite inputs, be open, take care that inputs are documented; moderation focussed on time control, facilitation of brainstorming.

Role of rapporteurs of each table: record the inputs instantaneously on the table cloth (or flipchart) for the table round and in presentable form in ppt to present to the workshop plenary.

5 min Welcome Pedro and Stefan
10 min Impulse Statement Question 1 (Andrea Camia, JRC Ispra, Italy)
10 min Impulse Statement Question 2 (Stefan Bringezu, Uni Kassel, International Resource Panel)
10 min Impulse Statement Question 3 (Danielle Torres, EMPRAPA, Brazil)
5 min Explanation of the rules and last changes of places
30 min Table discussions and brainstorming (for each question, about 3 x 3 tables, a 6 persons)
30 min Reports from the tables
20 min Final plenary discussion
Total 120 min

The following participants have agreed to adopt the role of hosts and rapporteurs of table rounds (depending on number of participants N.N. will be nominated on the spot based on volunteers):

Table noThemeHostRapporteur
11Manuel Lainez (INIA)Christian Lutz (gws)
21Martin Banse (vTI)Uwe Fritsche (IINAS)
42Philip Strothmann (FSLCI)Liesbeth de Schutter (WU Vienna)
52Francis Johnson (SEI)Hannes Böttcher (Öko-Inst)
62Ulrich Schurr (FZ Jülich)Falk Schmidt (IASS Potsdam)
73Seung Jun Yoo (KoreaBio)Susanne Wagner (CESR, coord. Symobio)
83Rüdiger Schaldach (CESR)Victor Manyong, IITA, Tansania