Barcelona BioEconomy Forum kicks off at Sant Pau

The Barcelona BioEconomy Forum had a high-level kick-off at the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site in the heart of the Catalan capital. The Forum’s Advisory Board gathered to discuss the programme and to ensure that November’s event will focus on real and strategic issues, inspiring the paradigm shift necessary to achieve societal transition to a sustainable bioeconomy.

Experts from science, government, business and the non-profit sector took part in the Advisory Meeting, which took place on the 19th of June 2014. Among the participants were Dr. Faraj El-Awar, Programme Manager, UN-Habitat / GWOPA (Global Water Operator's Partnerships Alliance), Mr. Stanley Nyoni, President of The Natural Step, Switzerland, and Mr. Francisco Carvalho, Director of Amorim Natural Cork, Portugal. The Advisory Board is chaired by Prof. Martí Boada Juncà, Professor and Scientific Researcher at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).

Barcelona BioEconomy Forum is a global platform bringing together business leaders with policy makers, scientists and development specialists. BioEco 2014, the first edition of the Forum, will take place in Barcelona, Spain, on the 27th to 29th of November at the majestic Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site. Declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1997, Sant Pau is an international centre for knowledge and innovation, home to cutting-edge institutions in the fields of sustainability, health and education.

bbf2250.png : 77.734375KbThe Barcelona BioEconomy Forum is organised in cooperation with the Koli Forum, a high-level discussion platform on strategic issues related to natural resources, organised biennially in Finland since 2009. A leading figure of Koli Forum has been the Secretary General of IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, who has already confirmed his participation as a speaker at BioEco 2014. Another confirmed key-note in Barcelona is Mr. Göran Persson, former Prime Minister of Sweden and President of ThinkForest, the European high-level forum on the future of forests. The event will be opened by Ms. Isabel García Tejerina, Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment and Dr. Josep M. Pelegrí, Catalan Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Food and the Natural Environment.

Barcelona BioEco2014, “Forests – a source of richness”, will look at the strategic and practical issues implied in the drive towards societal transition to a bioeconomy, with a particular focus on the role of Mediterranean forests. The Forum will be highly interactive, with moderated discussions and facilitated workshops. Key themes explored by the Advisory Board include the financing of non-tangible goods, accelerating the transition to a green economy, the water – energy – food nexus, and the need for a bioeconomy to be firmly based in sustainable development. The synthesis of their discussions will soon be available as the BioEco 2014 programme.

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Contact: Inazio Martinez de Arano, inazio.Martinez (at) efi.int

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