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The German Government (Federal Ministry for Education and Research, BMBF) has provided funding and support to the German Bioeconomy Council to organize a second Global Bioeconomy Summit 19th - 20th April 2018 in Berlin.
Bioeconomy has taken a steep and exciting way forward following the first Global Bioeconomy Summit in 2015 (GBS2015). The communiqué of GBS2015 was highly appreciated and made the Summit a widely recognized global event.
At the Global Bioeconomy Summit 2015 in Berlin, more than 700 participants from about 80 countries met to define how bioeconomy would best contribute to green growth, the sustainable development goals and to climate change mitigation and adaptation.The resulting Communiqué emphasizes that a sustainable bioeconomy will specifically contribute to achieving the SDGs related to food security and nutrition (Goal 2), healthy lives (Goal 3), water and sanitation (Goal 6), affordable and clean energy (Goal 7), sustainable consumption and production (Goal 12), climate change (Goal 13), oceans, seas and marine resources (Goal 14), and terrestrial eco-systems, forests, desertification, land degradation, and biodiversity (Goal 15). The Communiqué recognizes that bioeconomy strategies need to be adjusted to the specific conditions and opportunities prevalent in a country or region. However, if sustainable development is to be achieved, the experts insist that in certain areas it is inevitable to take a global approach.
More than 100 international speakers presented policy concepts, lessons-learned and concrete examples in a series of plenary sessions as well as in parallel roundtables and poster sessions. The UN FAO, the OECD, the European Commission, the International Energy Agency and the Botanical Gardens Conservation International hosted workshops at the Summit.
It is now timely to come together again and consider appropriate strategies for further international cooperation in a next Global Bioeconomy Summit: GBS2018!
Detailed information about opportunities for participation will be shared in due course.