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The Bioeconomy Approach

Constraints and Opportunities for Sustainable Development, 1st Edition

Edited by Udaya Sekhar Nagothu


288 pages | 37 B/W Illus.

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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 food and economic requirements. While research and literature related to bioeconomy is limited as of today, 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 interfaces, 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 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 programs and strategies.

The volume will be of great interest to students and scholars of ecological economics, development economics and environmental economics, as well as policymakers and practitioners involved in sustainable development.


"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

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 potential for circular bioeconomy

Trond Rafoss, Udaya Sekhar Nagothu

3. Land and ocean connection through iron transport by rivers - a 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 a Sustainable Land Use

Erhan Akca, Suha Berberoglu, Takanori Nagano, Selim Kapur

9. Centrum Wood 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. Summary and way forward towards a sustainable bioeconomy

Udaya Sekhar Nagothu


About the Editor

Udaya Sekhar Nagothu is a Research Professor and Director of the Centre for International Deveopment (CID) at the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Food, Society and the Environment

This series includes a wide range of inter-disciplinary approaches to food, society and the environment. It includes textbooks, research monographs and titles aimed at professionals, NGOs and policy-makers. Authors or editors of potential new titles should contact Hannah Ferguson, Editor ([email protected]).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Environmental Economics
NATURE / Ecology
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
SCIENCE / Global Warming & Climate Change