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Bioeconomy

Biodiversität_OudrayThe future of humankind will depend to a large extent on reliable and secure access to food and the sustainable use of energy, water and raw materials. In view of climate change and dwindling resources, renewable sources and their basis play a central role. The 2030 Agenda and the Paris Climate Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will only be achievable by overcoming the current use of resources. Population growth, increasing food requirements and environmental pollution are leading to central conflicts of objectives for sustainable development with regard to higher living standards, limited arable land with increasing soil degradation, shrinking water supplies and the loss of biodiversity.

Bioeconomy is searching for solutions to these challenges and conflicting goals. Humans and nature must be reconciled. Bioeconomy is a core concept of transformation. With its National Research Strategy Bioeconomy, Germany took on a global leadership role in the bioeconomy policy in 2010. According to the recommendations of the German government’s HighTech Forum 2017, bioeconomy is placed among the six most important topics of the future. The concept of bioeconomy has gained political momentum and importance worldwide over the past ten years. More than 50 countries have anchored bioeconomy in their policies since 2005.

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