The aim of this study is to elicit expert views on critical changes in the sector through a Delphi-based outlook, as well as to analyse how these views relate to the understanding of bioeconomy. The highest consensus among panellists relates to the diversification of the forest industries and the dependence of the sector on climate and energy policies. The concept of bioeconomy was regarded by the majority as a vision for the future, rather than a depiction of real changes.
The open access study analyses power relations and policy preferences of stakeholders in the Lao’s FLEGT VPA process. The results show that the most powerful actors are governmental agencies, donor community and international development partners, while the private sector, civil society organizations and actors from subnational levels are substantially less powerful. Transparency and accountability are characterized with high overall policy preference, while the same cannot be stated for livelihood impacts and involvement of civil society.
This paper maps ‘who works with whom’ in the field of European forest-based bioeconomy. On country-level, North-Western European countries dominate, and Northern European countries will continue to dominate even more. On organizational level, research network of industry-related topics is almost disconnected from its ‘core-forestry’ counterpart.