Vincent Gitz, director of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) at (CIFOR) provided the global context in his welcoming words to the participants. Vincent is the co-author of CIFOR-ICRAF’s circular bioeconomy framework proposal, together with Alexandre Meybeck (Senior Technical Advisor at FTA) and Christopher Martius.
Vincent underlined the need for more trees and forests to limit tIntrhe global warming. However, he also shed light on pressing issues, such as a strong growth in demand for wood and what it means for the supply side and the effects for the value of wood and how the role of the circular economy could add more value to wood.
Next, Christopher Martius, Managing Director of CIFOR Germany located in Bonn, presented the framework proposal of the programme with the three thematic sub-areas:
Additionally, he underlined three cross-cutting principles of the new programme, which reflect CIFOR-ICRAF’s program strategy, which are
After the presentations, the partners and experts at the workshop were asked to provide input via Sli.do regarding the following questions:
After this interactive session, each of the thematic sub-areas was highlighted by one research project:
Next, the workshop participants split into breakout groups, each to discuss one thematic sub-area along three guiding questions:
The discussions in the groups were memorized by rapporteurs. After the breakout sessions, the plenary again came together, shared the highlights discussed in the groups, and put them into the broader framework of the proposal.
In all three groups, the participants highlighted the importance of taking up a holistic perspective instead of silo-thinking, cultivate an integrative systems’ view that is not limited by sectoral boundaries. For such a program to make a difference, the participants stressed the relevance of employing many different lenses, e.g. using the viewpoint of biodiversity and landscapes, and the economic, political and social viewpoints. Consequently, it was understood that this holistic view would lead to multi-stakeholder collaborations as partnerships. Limits of the bioeconomy concept have to be clearly defined and communicated.
Additionally, all three groups highlighted the relevance of life-cycle analysis and creating key indicators to successfully operate any activity under this umbrella.
Finally, the research programme should not only look at the (final) shape of the circular economy but also at transition opportunities to reach this required model.
In the following plenary discussion, Covid-19 and its implications on the programme played an important role. Some experts stated that the pandemic reinforced inequalities in societies, and that the programme should therefore contribute to a greener and more socially inclusive development, which should also be targeted by governments. Additionally, value chains should become shorter and more local to become less prone to disruptions as was seen during the pandemic.
Then, another Sli.do session was used to collect the views and opinions of the participating partners regarding the question “What is the one thing that will make a forest-based circular bioeconomy program successful?”
In response, business cases as well as systems view became central, followed by single answers such as partnerships, local experience, accessibility, material production, private sector buy-in, equity, adaptability, monitoring and appropriate technologies.
Finally the question was asked through Sli.do “What do you expect from the programme’s next steps?” Multiple answers were possible, and the following suggestions came up amongst the answers:
A discussion about next steps of the programme rounded up the workshop. In the end, the participants were asked what they see could be their role and engagement in the next steps of the programme. Here, many participants offered their organizations’ strengths and perspective to enrich the circular bio-economy programme, which will greatly advance the forest-based circular bioeconomy programme.
|10:00||Welcome Address||Vincent Gitz, Director CRP on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry|
|10:10||Forest-based circular Bio-Economy:|
what it means and why we need it
|Christopher Martius, Bonn Hub Leader & Managing Director of CIFOR Germany|
|10:30||Exemplary presentations per pillar:|
Going Green: Development of sustainable wood-based materials
Choosing Goals: Dynamics of the bio-economy market with focus on wood
Weaving Together: Bioenergy circular approach
|Kenji Umemura, Professor at University of Kyoto|
Lauri Hetemäki, Assistant Director European Forest Institute (EFI)
Mary Njenga (PhD), Research Scientist at ICRAF
|11:00||Set focus: Deep dive into thematic pillars (breakout groups)||Malte Kaßner (PhD), Facili-tator / Consultant at CIFOR|
|11:25||Share results in the plenary with Q & A||Malte Kaßner|
|11:45||Conclusions and next steps||Christopher Martius|
|11:55||Check out and goodbye||Malte Kaßner|