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The Bioeconomy Approach
Constraints and Opportunities for Sustainable Development

ISBN 9780367335717
Published March 11, 2020 by Routledge
288 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book examines the bioeconomy concept, analysing the opportunities it can generate, the constraints and the potential benefits for society.

The main objective of bioeconomy is to promote economic development, by creating jobs and enhancing the sustainable utilization of bio-resources. A primary driver of bioeconomy strategy, therefore, is the need to respond to the growing population's food and economic requirements. While today research and literature related to bioeconomy are limited, this book presents a unique collection of perspectives on the complex dimensions of the bioeconomy debate. Drawing on the experiences from Europe, Asia and Africa, it presents an international overview. The chapters address a wide range of issues, including coastal-land interactions, ecosystem services, food production, rural development, agriculture, forest management and bioenergy. As a whole, the volume outlines what role bioeconomy can play in contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) without compromising on the ecological sustainability and equitable distribution of benefits. The book concludes by providing recommendations for developing bioeconomy in respective sectors (agriculture, forestry, fisheries, renewable energy) and directions for planning future bioeconomy programmes and strategies.

The Bioeconomy Approach will be of great interest to students and scholars of ecological economics, development economics and environmental economics, as well as policy-makers and practitioners involved in sustainable development.

Table of Contents

1.The bioeconomy approach and sustainable development: a review of the concept, opportunities and constraints Udaya Sekhar Nagothu, Takanori Nagano  2. Sustainable biomass production from oceans and the potential for circular bioeconomy Trond Rafoss, Udaya Sekhar Nagothu  3. Land and ocean connection through iron transport by rivers: the case of the Amur-Okhotsk ecosystem (Giant Fish-Breeding Forest) Takeo Onishi, Takayuki Shiraiwa  4. Evaluating local sustainability, including ecosystem services provided by rural areas to cities to promote bioeconomy Tohru Nakashizuka, Kunihiko Kobayashi, Rei Shibata, Masahiro Aiba, Takahiro Sasai, Michio Oguro, Hiroko Kurokawa, Shunsuke Managi  5. Transition towards bio-based economy in small-scale agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa through sustainable intensification Mehreteab Tesfai, Giacomo Branca, Luca Cacchiarelli, Chiara Perelli, Udaya Sekhar Nagothu  6. Save and Grow: sustainable intensification of crop production and innovative market linkages for building resilient rural economies in the Greater Mekong subregion Jan Willem Ketelaar, Alma Linda M. Abubakar, Avakat Phasouysaingam, Vornthalom Chanthavong, Ngo Tien Dung, Mayling Flores Rojas, Abha Mishra and Peter Sprang  7. Protected cultivation of vegetables in Sub-Saharan Africa: scope and impacts Hugo Despretz, Thibault Nordey, Armel Clement Goudjo Mensah  8. Mediterranean anthroscapes: a bioeconomy domain for sustainable land use Erhan Akca, Suha Berberoglu, Takanori Nagano, Selim Kapur  9. Centrum Woods Vision: creating new value chains for sustainable woods management in Japan Takanori Nagano, Yuka Bando, Yutaka Okano, Daisuke Maki, Takahiro Ueyama  10. Promoting sustainable biogas technology development through integrated food and energy systems Roar Linjordet, Divina Gracia P. Rodriguez, Mehreteab Tesfai, Anne Strøm Prestvik, Salome Modiselle, Primrose Magama, and Mokhele Moeletsi  11. The need for stakeholder engagement and participative governance to promote bioeconomy Divina Gracia P. Rodriguez, Anne Strøm Prestvik  12. Conclusion and future directions Udaya Sekhar Nagothu  Index


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Udaya Sekhar Nagothu is Research Professor and Director of the Centre for International Development (CID) at the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, Ås, Norway.


"The focus of the book on bioeconomy is highly appropriate at a time when we are faced with the global grand challenges and an ambitious target to meet the sustainable development goals. The book provides an excellent review of the bioeconomy concept, its potentials and constraints, drawing experiences from several countries, covering various disciplines and sectors including agriculture, forestry and fisheries." — Olaug V. Bollestad, Minister of Agriculture and Food, Norway


"This timely book provides potential pathways for successful implementation of sustainable bioeconomy, through comprehensive coverage of relevant sectors in various parts of the world. This is in line with United Nations University’s expectations on bioeconomy to be a resort for environmental, social and economic sustainability." — Taikan Oki, Senior Vice-Rector, United Nations University, Japan

“This book makes a timely and innovative contribution towards understanding the relevance and practicality of bioeconomy, its concept, principles and best practices, towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals, including Zero Hunger. It deserves to be read and used widely!” — Hans Dreyer, Director, AGP, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations