Sustainable Development of the Bioeconomy - a Civil Society View

This roundtable will provide a platform for NGO representatives from around the world to discuss experiences, activities and positions regarding the development of a sustainable bioeconomy. What can be learnt from experiences in the past? What are the key issues in the present and the future? What are common or diverging viewpoints among NGOs and civil society organisations? Is there a shared vision of a sustainable BE? What are opportunities for future collaboration? What is the significance of regulatory frameworks, how should they be developed further?


16:30 – 16:35 Welcome and short introduction, Session Chair, Ms. Marion Aberle, Welthungerhilfe   

16:35 – 18:05 Impulse presentations and Q&A

  • Conflicting goals between conservation of nature and resources use, Ch. Heinrich,  WWF Germany  
  • Bioeconomy and food security, J. Rahall, Green Scenery Sierra Leone 
  • Bioeconomy policy approaches fostering rural development, U. Muoedu, I&U Resources, Nigeria 
  • International criteria to ensure the primacy of food security, R. Schneider, Welthungerhilfe  
  • Capacity development in food security and rural development, A. Padilla, IBON International, The Philippines
  • Cooperation between governments and NGOs in the fight against hunger, S. Schmitz, BMZ, Germany
  • Bioeconomy within planetary boundaries, S. Ober, Civil Society Platform “Forschungswende”, Germany
  • The employment potential of the rollout of the bioeconomy, J. Lund-Larsen, Danish Trade Union, Denmark
  • Bioeconomy and Civil Society, W. Kosura, University of Nairobi, Kenya  

18:05 – 18:30 Moderated discussion among Roundtable participants

Rene van Ree has over 25 years working experience in the energy sector with a current main focus on bioenergy, advanced biofuels and biobased products. Since 2007, Mr. van Ree has acted as leader Bioenergy & Biofuels at Food & Biobased Research Wageningen and has also been the coordinator of the IEA Bioenergy Task 42 Biorefining. Additionally he holds memberships in the Steering Committee European Biofuel Technology Platform (EBTP), the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Bioenergy as well as in the Energy Advisory Group at the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. Mr. van Ree has a master’s degree in chemistry.

Gerfried Jungmeier has been the Austrian Team Leader in IEA Bioenergy Task 42 Biorefining since 2007. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Graz University of Technology and wrote his PhD on ‚Greenhouse gas balance of bio energy systems’ (1999). From 1993 on Mr. Jungmeier has been worked Joanneum Research mbH where he is currently responsible for energy systems and strategies. His research focuses mainly life cycle assessment, bioenergy, emission and energy balances. Additionally Mr. Jungemeier is operating agent in Task 19 Life Cycle Assessment of Electric Vehicles of the IEA Implementing Agreement Hybrid and Electric Vehicles and lecturer at several Austrian universities.