Leveraging multi-sector collaboration for creating bioeconomy solutions represents an ‘overlooked’ pathway to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve biodiversity, and create equitable jobs and prosperity at global scale. Our Transformative Partnership Platform brings together key stakeholders from public and private sectors and civil society to achieve such transformational change in three steps:

  • Finding common ground: defining common goals for effective transitions towards integrated bioeconomy and land use strategies, based on scientific evidence and joint goals derived from stakeholder negotiations.
  • Going green: harnessing technological progress for developing innovative, versatile, and lasting bioproducts produced sustainably from forests, tree plantations, and agroforestry systems. Replacing cement, fossil fuels and plastic, these products include wood, bamboo, residues, and other biomass; woody biomass for energy and heat; and diverse forest- and tree-based foods complementing diets.
  • Weaving together: pooling human and financial resources, blending ideas and creativity, learning together, and adding value across portfolios of diverse forest and tree product value chains by fostering collaboration at the interface between private initiative, community involvement, government engagement, NGO support, and science-based evidence.

This Transformative Partnership Platform brings together progressive entrepreneurs, community-based groups, future-driven (impact) investors, funders, philanthropists, government agencies, NGOs and researchers around a jointly defined action research and learning agenda. This Platformleverages CIFOR-ICRAF’s long-standing expertise in forestry and agroforestry-based solutions for landscape and livelihoods development and their global and local partner networks. This enables us to address global challenges through locally appropriate solutions, translate complex ideas into practical, actionable guidance, and fosters evidence-based learning and continuous improvement.

Our ambitious agenda focuses on understanding and influencing global supply and demand for forest- and tree-based bioproducts and the unsustainably produced materials they can substitute; tracing wood, fibre, food, feed and energy trade in diverse local to global value chains; promoting technical, business and financial service innovations across portfolios of bioeconomy value chains; minimizing waste and fostering re-use and recycling; de-centralizing co-generation of heat and power from biomass; developing and harmonizing public policy, voluntary sustainability standards (certifications, labels), and land use planning; generating ‘green’ jobs, adding local value, re-invigorating multi-sector collaboration across scales, with particular emphasis on opportunities for women, men and youth, and other socially disadvantaged groups.

We advance this agenda by developing forest-based bioeconomy solutions in Africa, Asia and Latin America spanning diverse environmental, socio-economic, political-legal and institutional conditions. Context-specific integrated approaches will be developed to maturity through action research and learning. Mature approaches will be scaled to further landscapes and countries by leveraging responsible public and private investments in forest and landscape restoration, and associated social and human capital, technology development, and physical infrastructure.

This transformative partnership will achieve broad-based impact by 2030 through targeted: (1) GHG emissions reductions, (2) increased biodiversity in productive landscape areas, (3) increased value of sustainably produced biomaterials for a global bioeconomy, (4) connecting cities, enterprises, the rural environment, and protected areas in sustainably managed landscapes, and (5) creating millions of jobs and wealth and improving livelihoods for women, men and young farmers and small entrepreneurs.