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Special Issue in Environmental Research Letters published

The issue “Focus on Leakage: Informing Land-Use Governance in a Tele-coupled World” explores new ways to put tools and data to work towards improving our understanding of direct and indirect land-use change caused by governance interventions.

Governing land use to achieve sustainable outcomes is challenging, because land systems manifest complex land use spillovers – i.e. processes by which land use changes or direct interventions in land use (e.g., policy, program, new technologies) in one place have impacts on land use in another place. The ERL issue “Focus on Leakage: Informing Land-Use Governance in a Tele-coupled World” builds on discussions in an international expert workshop conducted in Berlin in November 2017 to explore innovative ways to improve our understanding of how governance interventions, new technologies and other factors can affect land-use change both directly and indirectly through spillovers. This editorial starts by clarifying the definitions and relationships between land-use spillover, indirect land use change (iLUC) – a form of spillover where land use change in one place is caused by land use change in another place – leakage – a form of land use spillover, which is caused by an environmental policy (e.g., a conservation or restoration intervention), and the spillover reduces the overall benefits and effectiveness of this intervention -, and displacement processes. We then use this terminology to summarize the individual contributions of this special issue and conclude with lessons learned as well as directions for future research.

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4th International BioSC Symposium, November 18-19, 2019 in Cologne

Natalie Laibach and Neus Escobar will be presenting two posters on the progress of STRIVE component 2 at the 4th International BioSC Symposium which will be held at Maternushaus (Cologne) on November 18-19th. Good opportunity to catch up on the latest findings about the sustainability of bio-based plastics and Key Enabling Technologies implementing cascading uses and circularity.

SETAC Helsinki Session Summaries published

The summary of the session “Bio-Based Industries: sustainability benefits of technological innovation and closed-loop approaches across supply chains”, co-chaired by Neus Escobar, has recently been published in the July 2019 Issue of SETAC Globe, as part of the SETAC Europe 29th Annual Meeting, held from 26–30 May 2019 in Helsinki:

UNFCCC side event on “Ensuring Climate Action in Forests is Stable and Resilient”, June 19, 2019 in Bonn

This event will discuss why it is important to prioritize the protection and restoration of primary forests for climate change mitigation and adaptation and takes place on the occasion of a SBSTTA (Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice) meeting of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This SBSTTA meeting will include discussion on whether forest climate action will be included in market mechanisms; whether the important role of indigenous people and biodiversity and ecosystem integrity in delivering robust climate outcomes will be considered; and whether actions with perverse outcome for communities, ecosystem integrity and the climate are avoided. Improving the rights of indigenous communities and benefit sharing will play a role as well as debates about wood-based bioenergy production and infrastructure development in forests.

Date: June 19, 2019 | 11:00 h – 15:00 h
Venue: ZEF, Genscherallee 3, 53113 Bonn. Right Conference Room.

More information: here.

13th International Conference of the European Society of Ecological Economics, June 18-21, 2019 in Turku, Finland

Neus Escobar will take part in the 13th International Conference of the European Society of Ecological Economics to be held in Turku (Finland) from 18 to 21 June 2019. She will specifically present their ongoing work on estimating “Induced Land Use Change and emissions from major bioplastics” in the special session on “Advancing a quantitative perspective on sustainability issues related to bioeconomy transitions in the social-ecological system”, in which the project STRIVE is directly involved.

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Workshop “Which policy for transformations in the bioeconomy”, May 23, 2019 in Berlin

STRIVE senior researcher Jan Janosch Förster participated in the high-level workshop “Which policy for transformations in the bioeconomy” on May 23, 2019 at the Frauenhofer Institut in Berlin.

Participants from policy, industry, research and other actors from civil society engaged in a discussion on role of policy in processes of transformation associated with the Bioeconomy.

SETAC Europe 29th Meeting on sustainable societies, May 26-30, 2019 in Helsinki, Finland

Bio-based industries: sustainability benefits of technological innovation and closed loop approaches across supply chains

Neus Escobar and Natalie Laibach took part in the 29th Annual Meeting of SETAC Europe in Helsinki (Finland) on 26-30 May 2019. They presented their scientific contribution “Sustainability check for bio-based technologies: a LCA review” in the session “Bio-based industries: sustainability benefits of technological innovation and closed loop approaches across supply chains”, which was co-chaired by Neus Escobar together with Daniel Garrain (Spain), Diego Marazza (Italy) and Tarmo Räty (Finland).

The session explored, from a Life Cycle Assessment perspective, methodological issues and technological challenges for the implementation of circularity principles in bio-based production.

The scientific programme can be found in full in the following link:

Interview with Neus Escobar about study on bioplastics

An interview with Neus Escobar on March 18, 2019, has been published following their study on land use mediated effects of bioplastics based on a Computable General Equilibrium assessment.

Read interview (in german) at: