Concrete examples were presented on over 60 posters during the conference in Berlin.
Concrete examples were presented on over 60 posters during the conference in Berlin.
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14.12.2015

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The participants of the First Global Bioeconomy Summit, held in November 2015 in Berlin, called for a more systematic approach to implement bioeconomy.

Over the last five years, notions of bioeconomy have gained momentum world-wide. According to the Bioeconomy Council of the German Government, 45 countries around the world have now adopted bioeconomy strategies as part of their economic innovation agendas. The Global Bioeconomy Summit, held for the first time by the German Bioeconomy Council in Berlin/Germany, in November 2015, aimed to concentrate the different experiences gathered so far.

Modelling on the cycle of nature

“We must fundamentally change the way we produce, consume and live”, warned Janez Potocnic, a member of the International Resources Panel of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in his keynote. Already, 60 per cent of ecosystems world-wide was degraded or unsustainably used; it was certain that carrying on as usual would burst the margins of the planetary boundaries. Potocnic pointed to global population growth – there is an annual increase of 83 million people – and the fact that by 2040, around three billion people would have risen from the lower class to the middle class – with corresponding changes in their consumption habits.

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