2 December 2018 | 16:00-17:30 | Addis Abebe

Discussion Forum 19: Integrating bioenergy and landscape restoration in the tropics


Jaya Wahono
CEO, Clean Power Indonesia (CPI), Indonesia
Nils Borchard
Research Manager of the plant production, Natural Resource Institute, Finland
Soo Min Lee
Senior Scientist, Bioenergy Research, National Institute of Forest Science (NIFOS), Korea
P.C. Abhilash
Senior Associate Professor, Sustainability Science, Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
Hyung Tai Choi
Senior Researcher, Forest Conservation Research, National Institute of Forest Science (NIFOS), Korea
Nur Hygiawati Rahayu
Forestry and Water Resources Conservation, Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS), Indonesia

Discussion Forum 19: Integrating bioenergy and landscape restoration in the tropics: the key to a sustainable future

Mixed bioenergy tree species planted in the tropics on degraded land could solve several international development challenges. Renewable energy is a key component of several U.N. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets. They include affordable and clean
energy (SDG 7), climate action (SDG 13) and life on land (SDG 15). Bioenergy agroforestry systems offer the potential to simultaneously restore land and grow energy while providing social, economic and environmental benefits to rural communities. Until now, the controversial practice of expanding plantations primarily for bioenergy purposes has been problematic. Monoculture energy crops such as oil palm for biodiesel production degrade land and compete with food production. Drawing from lessons learned in South and Southeast Asia, this session considers the opportunities and challenges posed by bioenergy and landscape restoration integration in the tropics.


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