On June 2020, experts discussed the different aspects to be addressed prior to the launch of the EU Bioeconomy Monitoring System. The BioMonitor project represented by its coordinator, Justus Wesseler, and project partner JRC, Robert M’Barek and Tévécia Ronzon, talked about the different project activities being done in to meet the objectives of the updated European Bioeconomy Strategy.
The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre hosts the Knowledge Centre for Bioeconomy and leads the action on the development of a comprehensive monitoring system as outlined in the 2018 updated Bioeconomy Strategy Action Plan. In one of the Bioeconomy Community of Practice workshops on monitoring the bioeconomy, experts deliberated online the relevance and completeness of the indicators selected to monitor the bioeconomy based on the EU following bioeconomy strategy objectives:
- Food and nutrition security
- Manage natural resources sustainably
- Reducing dependence on non-renewable, unsustainable resources
- Climate change mitigation and adaptation
- Strengthening European competitiveness and creating jobs
They also explored the synergies between the EU-wide monitoring system with other systems that are available at a national, regional and local level.
Did Biomonitor have a significant role in this workshop?
We actively participated on the parallel sessions dedicated to selecting indicators for the monitoring of the 5th objective of the EU Bioeconomy strategy, Strengthening European competitiveness and creating jobs. Some of the socio-economic indicators which were selected will be populated with data to be churned by BioMonitor in the future (e.g. patents).
What new insights have been picked up during the workshop?
Indicators vary depending on the needs and requirements of bioeconomy stakeholders. We also saw the need to enlarge the basic indicators as we need to specify various information such as time, geographical scales, and unit produced per capita, to name a few. Apart from these, we need to pay attention to indicators related to innovation and entrepreneurship.
When will the EU bioeconomy monitoring system be launched and how will the BioMonitor project be involved?
The EU Bioeconomy Monitoring System will be launched at the session called, Rebooting the economy – sustainability, growth, and climate action delivered by the bioeconomy, in the Global Bioeconomy Summit this November 2020.
The full report of the Community of Practice workshop can be accessed here.