2.1 Methodologies and good practices in bioeconomy strategy development
Currently, a few more than fifty countries have placed the development of bioeconomy in their political agendas, including the definition of dedicated strategies and action plans. While bioeconomy strategies seek to create an enabling environment for new bio-based technologies, business models, and good environmental and socio-economic practices, the development of strategies can be challenging due to the multidimensional and cross-cutting nature of bioeconomy. The coexistence of several connected sectors and the high variety of stakeholders involved in bioeconomy require good governance practices, policy coherence and policy innovation, in order to build solid and inclusive strategies. To accomplish these requirements, countries should adopt well-defined steps for a bioeconomy strategy development and follow guidance on how to overcome the challenges for mainstreaming sustainability into the strategies. The aim of this workshop session is not on the “why” and “what”, but on the “how”; the objective is to discuss existing experiences and provide policy makers and other interested stakeholders with guideance in the application of approaches, methodologies and good practices that pave the way for good governance and participatory processes in the development of bioeconomy strategies. During the session, the following aspects should be discussed:
- Developing a vision: Sharing and comparing priorities and strategic objectives of bioeconomy strategies, and their current socio-economic and environmental impact;
- From theory to practice: Pilot and success stories on how to develop bioeconomy strategies, including what worked and what didn’t;
- From strategies to policy development: Concrete examples of enabling policies (e.g. cluster development, promotion of industrial collaborations, entrepreneurship in the bioeconomy, creating economic framework conditions and innovation ecosystems);
- Good Governance, e.g. inter-departmental collaboration, governance between national, regional and local policy, stakeholder participation; and
- Good practices for mainstreaming sustainability into bioeconomy strategies, programs and initiatives.
Olivier Dubois, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UNFAO)
Julius Ecuru, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe)
Adrián Rodriguez, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC)
Olivier Dubois is Senior Rural Institutions Officer and Coordinator of the Bioenergy Group within the Climate, Energy and Tenure Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). He has worked on land use intensification, forest management, and institutional aspects of rural development in more than 40 countries, through both long-term assignments for instance with the Belgian Cooperation Agency and FAO, and several short-term missions, including the World Bank and the European Commission. Mr. Dubois has a Masters in Agronomy, certificates in Tropical Agriculture, Rural Economics and Sociology from the Faculty of Agronomy of Gembloux, Belgium, and a Masters in Environmental Management from the European Community Environment Programme.
Julius Ecuru, PhD, is an interdisciplinary scientist and researcher. He works on issues related to technological innovation and industrial competitiveness in Africa. His focus is on the theory and practice of sectoral and regional innovation systems, innovative clusters and innovation policies (especially in health, agriculture and environment) that foster sustainable development. Julius also contributes scholarly works in the chemical and bioengineering sciences, and supports regulatory science and research ethics capacity development. His current research interests include interactive learning models, which make universities and related institutions more productive and catalytic mechanisms for innovation, growth and social development.
Chief of the Agricultural Development Unit of the UN Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-ECLAC), one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations, Headquartered in Santiago, Chile. Mr. Rodriguez studied Economics (Lic.) at the University of Costa Rica and Agricultural Economics and Environmental Economics (MSc. and Ph.D) at the Pennsylvania State University. He has served as Rural Development Specialist at the InterAmerican Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA), Senior Advisor to the Costa Rican Minister of National Planning, Professor in the School of Economics, University of Costa Rica, and as consultant in several Latin American countries.