The Bioeconomy Approach: Constraints and Opportunities for Sustainable Development

1st Edition

Udaya Sekhar Nagothu

March 26, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 288 Pages - 37 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367335717 - CAT# 317550
Series: Routledge Studies in Food, Society and the Environment

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This book examines the bioeconomy concept, analysing the opportunities it can generate, the constraints and the potential benefits for society.

The main objective of bioeconomy is to promote economic development, by creating jobs and enhancing the sustainable utilization of bio-resources. A primary driver of bioeconomy strategy, therefore, is the need to respond to the growing population food and economic requirements. While research and literature related to bioeconomy is limited as of today, this book presents a unique collection of perspectives on the complex dimensions of the bioeconomy debate. Drawing on the experiences from Europe, Asia and Africa it presents an international overview. The chapters address a wide range of issues, including coastal-land interfaces, ecosystem services, food production, rural development, agriculture, forest management and bioenergy. As a whole, the volume outlines what role bioeconomy can play in contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) without compromising on the ecological sustainability and equitable distribution of benefits. The book concludes by providing recommendations for developing bioeconomy in respective sectors (agriculture, forestry, fisheries, renewable energy) and directions for planning future bioeconomy programs and strategies.

The volume will be of great interest to students and scholars of ecological economics, development economics and environmental economics, as well as policymakers and practitioners involved in sustainable development.

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