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The identified bioeconomy indicators important and feasible at the national context can contribute to the further discussions when setting the frame for the development of a common EU bioeconomy monitoring system.

The urgent need to shift our economy towards a more sustainable, resource-efficient economy based on renewable resources, the so called bioeconomy, has been recognized widely in the European Union (EU) and its Member States (EU MS). Because the main drivers for the transition towards a bioeconomy often strongly vary from EU MS to EU MS depending on the country-specific economic and ecological settings, legal framework, and social demands, also the national or regional bioeconomy strategies vary in their goals and measures. Consequently, proxies and indicators used to measure the development of a national bioeconomy or the success of a bioeconomy strategy depend on the national goals, and are therefore sometimes not applicable in any other country. Nevertheless, synchronizing the national bioeconomy monitoring activities is necessary to ensure comparability of the results of the national monitoring systems.

The project MontBioeco identified and compared the different approaches within the EU MS to monitor the progress in a country’s bioeconomy. An integrated part was the participatory approach of the project, by direct involvement of ministries and research organizations responsible for developing, assessing and monitoring national bioeconomy strategies, policies and/or related initiatives. This allowed MontBioeco to identify:

  • the existing national bioeconomy strategy, policy, and/or related initiatives
  • the industries and activities that are included in the bioeconomy sector at national level
  • the already existing and desired bioeconomy key indicators,
  • as well as their respective data availability.

The identified bioeconomy indicators important and feasible at the national context can contribute to the further discussions when setting the frame for the development of a common EU bioeconomy monitoring system.

About the project

MontBioeco (Synthesis on bioeconomy monitoring systems in the EU Member States – indicators for monitoring the progress of bioeconomy) was co-ordinated by the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), and co-financed by Luke, the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR) Bioeconomy Strategic Working group (BSW), the Common Agricultural and Wider Bioeconomy Research Agenda (CASA) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Finland (MMM). The project duration was 11/2017-6/2018 and the total budget EUR 85 000.

Lier, M., Aarne, M., Kärkkäinen, L., Korhonen, K.T., Yli-Viikari, A. and Packalen, T. (2018). Synthesis on bioeconomy monitoring systems in the EU Member States – indicators for monitoring the progress of bioeconomy. Natural resources and bioeconomy studies 38/2018. 44 p. Natural Resources Institute Finland, Helsinki 2018. Read the full report under this LINK.

 

MontBioeco results on existing bioeconomy strategy, policy and/or related initiatives and existing indicators to monitor and assess these at EU MS and non-EU country level. Source: Lier, M. et al (2018).
MontBioeco results on industries and activities according to the European Classification of Economic Activities (NACE, Rev. 2) (included= “++”/ partly included = “+” /not included =”-“) in the bioeconomy sector at national level. Source: Lier, M. et al. (2018).
MontBioeco results on most suitable key indicators under the EU bioeconomy objectives. Source: Lier, M. et al. (2018).

Contact

Research scientist Markus Lier (project manager MontBioeco)
Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)
Unit Bioeconomy and Environment
Research Group Forest Resources and Natural Resource Planning
phone: +358 29 532 3063, markus.lier@luke.fi