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.
The Bioeconomy Council of the German Government organized this first Global Bioeconomy Summit in Berlin from 24 - 26 November. 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.
The Communiqué, the Summit Documentation, photos and videos are available for download at: www.gbs2015.com/documentation