The EU, many of its Member States, and other European and world countries have bioeconomy strategies (see below for a comprehensive list). The EU is in a process of reviewing and updating its Bioeconomy Strategy which was published in 2012. According to the European Commission plan, a Staff Working Document should be ready by late 2017, and possible new initiative on sustainable bioeconomy in 2018.

Bioeconomy strategies typically state why the bioeconomy is necessary and the opportunities it provides. It is often taken as given that bioeconomy development per se will be sustainable in all of the concept’s dimensions: economically, environmentally and socially. But bioeconomy does not automatically happen, neither is it guaranteed that all these sustainable dimensions will be satisfied. Nor will markets solve the issue without policy intervention.

In existing bioeconomy strategies, bioeconomy development is often seen as a separate sector (agri, forest, waste, marine). However, would it be more helpful to see bioeconomy as an overarching development and a way of thinking that needs to be mainstreamed to the whole economy, so that it can contribute to sustainable and circular economic development across the economy?

This ThinkForest seminar addresses these issues, and asks the following questions:

  • What are the possible gaps in existing bioeconomy strategies, and how should they be updated?
  • What are the requirements for a successful Bioeconomy Strategy?
  • How can we move from strategy to action?


More information

What is the bioeconomy?

Video: The bioeconomy starts here!


EU bioeconomy strategy

Innovating for Sustainable Growth: A Bioeconomy for Europe (2012)


National bioeconomy strategies

Synopsis of National Strategies around the World, German Bioeconomy Council (2015)

Synopsis and Analysis of Strategies in the G7, German Bioeconomy Council (2015)


Forests and bioeconomy

Future of the European Forest-Based Sector and Bioeconomy, ThinkForest brief (2014)

What Science Can Tell Us:  Future of the European Forest-Based Sector - Structural Changes Towards Bioeconomy (2013)