What (Social) Science can Tell Us about the Forest-based Bioeconomy

The latest ‘What Science Can Tell Us’ study from the European Forest Institute is titled: ‘Towards a sustainable European forest-based bioeconomy- assessment and the way forward‘.  The study presents the scientific evidence from different disciplines and provides a synthesis of existing knowledge for policymakers on the importance of forests and the forest-based sector in contributing to…

Does the bioeconomy care about the environment?

A growing number of scientific publications have criticized the bioeconomy concept for being too vague on environmental issues.  Most of these studies found that although bioeconomy strives towards sustainable development , economic aspects are clearly dominant, whereas social and environmental considerations take a backseat. Our most recent contribution joins this debate and discusses the issue…

Bioeconomy and ecosystem services – synergy or conflict?

This was the title of the  Final Conference of COST Action FP1207  Orchestrating forest-related policy analysis in Europe (ORCHESTRA) held between 5-6 September 2016 at the Université catholique de Louvain in the beautiful town of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. (UCL Library in Louvain la Neuve, a beautiful little town with very interesting architecture and intriguing history.  Find out more…

Swedish Forests in a Bioeconomy: Green Future or Greenwash?

This is the thought provoking question that my colleague Daniel Hodge is trying to answer in his recently published Master thesis. For this, he took a closer look at the Swedish forest sector and the recent discussions around bioeconomy. Bioeconomy is currently a “hot topic” in Sweden, considering the country’s favorable position for transitioning towards a…