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Is there a room for the small scale enterprises in the forest bioeconomy?
2. June - 5. June
IUFRO and University of Padova international conference
Bioeconomy “encompasses the production of renewable biological resources and their conversion into food, feed, bio-based products and bioenergy” (EC, 2012). It includes forestry and wood production, with the related biotechnological, chemical and energy industries, but also the provision of other ecosystem services that can support sustainable economic growth.
“Biorefineries are increasingly at the core of the bioeconomy vision at the EU level and worldwide” (World Bioeconomy Summit, 2015) and large private and public investments are pushing the development of new technologies frequently based on capital intensive technologies for the use of large amount of low cost biomass in vertical integrated value chains.
In this context the issues of non-wood products and cultural services, and the associated interest towards small-scale labor-intensive activities, seem to have a minor role in the interests of scientists and decision makers. The forest bioeconomy can be also interpreted and promoted as the development of quality product markets and nature-based services, strongly connected to the concepts of social innovation, product diversification, multifunctional and horizontally integrated economic activities.
How to support such development of the forest economy? These are the topics that will be discussed during the international conference.