Session 5: Environmental challenges for the bioeconomy

Forest products play an important role for the realization of the bioeconomy concept as they are renewable, recyclable and their use potentials are not yet fully exploited. However, there is a growing conflict between intensifying wood production and harvest volumes and maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services. Similar concerns relate to agricultural production as a source of material input to the bioeconomy. With a growing human population, there is competition for land for wood, food or energy production, especially in developing countries, affecting both nature and society.

The session was chaired by Tiina Pajula, Principal Scientist, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. The presentations were the following:



Presentation title

Presentation (15 min.) / Speed talk (1 min.)

Genevieve Mortimer

Researcher at the Thünen Institute of International Forestry and Forest Economics, Germany

Business planning for unintended consequences of the bioeconomy - good intentions aren't enough


Anne Roedl

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hamburg University of Technology, Institute of Environmental Technology and Energy Economics

Extending LCA method to assess and compare water use of biological and technical production systems


Francesca Santaniello

Researcher at The Forestry Research Institute of Sweden Skogforsk

Tree retention as a conservation strategy in managed boreal forest. Dead wood diversity, economic return and impact on logging productivity


Ottar Michelsen

Senior Adviser at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Building consensus for assessing land use impacts on biodiversity: Contribution of UNEP/SETAC’s Life Cycle Initiative


Alexandru Giurca

Researcher at the University of Freiburg, Germany

Towards a sustainable Bioeconomy: integrating environmental concerns in Germany’s Bioeconomy discourse


Nicholas Clarke

Research Professor at the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research

Influence of different tree-harvesting intensities on forest soil carbon stocks in boreal and northern temperate forest ecosystems

Speed talk

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