Environmental, social, and economic dimensions of sustainable development must be considered to address global challenges in using bio-based resources. System thinking is the foundation of a sustainable circular bio-economy. The forestry sector is needed to (i) enable biomass use in a series and (ii) manage conflicts over the various forest demands.
A transition towards a sustainable circular bioeconomy can bring many potential benefits. For example, resource value retention strategies, enabling wood use in multi-stage cascades, can secure jobs, resource supply, and healthy ecosystems. The biggest hindrance to action so far is the not well-thought-out path. Therefore, this report ends with a guide to start discussions, across the forestry sector, on all practicalities and consequences of a transition.
Content: Critical review on a sustainable circular bio-economy for the forestry sector
Author(s): Nele Schmitz, Andreas Krause, Jan Lüdtke
Language: English, Germany