CIFOR–ICRAF publishes over 750 publications every year on agroforestry, forests and climate change, landscape restoration, rights, forest policy and much more – in multiple languages.

CIFOR–ICRAF addresses local challenges and opportunities while providing solutions to global problems for forests, landscapes, people and the planet.

We deliver actionable evidence and solutions to transform how land is used and how food is produced: conserving and restoring ecosystems, responding to the global climate, malnutrition, biodiversity and desertification crises. In short, improving people’s lives.

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The contribution of a forest-based circular bioeconomy to sustainable development

To meet the sustainable development goals, we need to transition to a circular bioeconomy that is based on sustainably-sourced renewable bioresources . As our most important piece of biological infrastructure, forests are the main source of renewable biomaterials and bioenergies, and are central to realising the new and necessary paradigm of a circular bioeconomy. Rapid advances in science and technology offer potential for new sustainable business opportunities in a wide range of sectors, including construction, chemicals, transport, textiles, energy, and plastics. Public and private investments, and a mobilized financial system, will be required in order to accelerate and scale up these innovations into market solutions. An enabling regulatory framework, and a sustainable marketplace that generates long-term value through the balanced integration of natural, social and financial capital, will also be critical.

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This special session will showcase the key contributions that the forest sector provides to the sustainable circular bioeconomy, and identify options for upscaling actions to ensure an effective transition.

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