8 – 9 March, Nordregio is active on bioeconomy events in Riga

Nordregio’s Research Fellow Anna Berlina participates in the 3rd meeting of the Baltic Sea Region Bioeconomy Council and Bioeconomy Forum discussing about sustainable and innovative practices.

8 March: 3rd meeting of the Baltic Sea Region Bioeconomy Council

The main theme of the meeting is how to develop sustainability criteria for the Baltic bioeconomy. The meeting is in two parts – in the first half we hear the views of people from the Nordic Council of Ministers, FAO, CBSS and more but after lunch the Danish think tank Sustainia facilitates a real workshop and dialog about how we can elaborate on the UN Sustainable Development Goals to contribute to a more sustainable bioeconomy in the Baltic Sea Region.

The bioeconomy consists of the management of renewable biological resources and their conversion into food, livestock feed, bio-based products and bioenergy via innovative and efficient technologies. It involves tackling major challenges, both now and in the future. These include the sustainable production of sufficient nutritious and safe food for our growing population, developing new and more environmentally friendly sources of energy, and combating global warming, which can have serious consequences both on land and in the oceans.

In 2015, the Nordic Bioeconomy Panel was established with the mandate to develop a proposal on a joint Nordic bioeconomy strategy designed to stimulate innovation and support a sustainable transition in the Nordic bioeconomy. As a stepping-stone towards the strategy, the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic Bioeconomy Panel have collaborated with the Danish think-tank Sustainia (Monday Morning) on collecting and categorizing 25 Nordic cases on the ‘new’ Nordic bioeconomy.

The publication 25 cases for sustainable change: http://norden.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2%3A1065456&dswid=9845

9 March: Bioeconomy Forum “Towards a Sustainable and Innovative Bioeconomy”

The aim of the Bioeconomy Forum in Riga on 9th March, 2017, is to highlight the venues for innovation that bioeconomy provides. In order to illustrate it, various institutional representatives from Baltic and Nordic countries will share their insights into innovation and development within bioeconomy that this region provides. The forum will ensure increased awareness of various innovation endeavours across the region, as well as foster cross-sectoral collaboration among institutions from various sectors.

Venue: Green Technology Incubator, Pulka iela 3, Rīga, Latvia, LV 1007

Forum Agenda: http://www.norden.lv/Uploads/2017/02/17/1487334616_.pdf