FOOD SAFETY, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, ECONOMIC GROWTH AND THE CONSERVATION OF SCARCE NATURAL RESOURCES: THESE ARE SOME OF THE PROMISES MADE BY THE BIOECONOMY

The Global Bioeconomy Summit held in Berlin from November 24 to 26, 2015, was the first international initiative aiming at building a network to discuss bioeconomic policies.

This important summit was built on the post-2015 development goals, in order to start a process to define the multilateral agenda for a sustainable bioeconomy.

With that objective, Germany’s Bioeconomy Council invited over 500 leaders, in the political, research, industry and civil society areas from many countries, to discuss this topic in Berlin.

During this event, three key areas were highlighted for the creation of a sustainable bioeconomy:

1 – promotion of innovation, as well as technologies and measures which are proven to be sustainable;       
2 – establishment of good governance;
3 – the beginning and strengthening of dialogue and international cooperation.

Ensuring sustainable production and consumption of natural resources (the soil, air, water and biodiversity) will require cooperation in the name of conservation and sustainable management of vital natural resources, to guarantee the proper working of the world’s ecosystems.

Trade-offs and potential synergies resulting from the use of natural resources must be worked on by means of integrated approaches (for example, the Water-Energy-Food Nexus).

Knowledge of biological principles and genetic resources are crucial sources of innovation with a biological basis. Biodiversity libraries require international attention and financing.  They are the key for discovery, research, conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources.

Bioeconomic development needs to promote innovations for biologically-based value networks, and also develop policies to guide changes in business practices and consumer behavior.

Planeta Orgânico took part in the Bioeconomy and Biodiversity Workshop during the Global Bioeconomy Summit, held on November 26, 2015, and promoted the Biodiversity and Bioeconomy panel to be held during the Green Rio 2016 event.

Click on the link below to see the video of the closing ceremony of the 2015 Bioeconomy Global Summit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7O7pqs_NaEI

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In front of the map showing the countries that already have their Bioeconomy Program:
Maria Beatriz Martins Costa, director of Planeta Orgânico, and Ashok Khoska, one of the most important global specialists in the environment and sustainable development, who has already received the Sasakawa Prize, considered the “Nobel Prize” for the Environment.

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