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Towards a Sustainable Bioeconomy: Principles, Challenges and Perspectives

  • Walter Leal Filho
  • Diana Mihaela Pociovălișteanu
  • Paulo Roberto Borges de Brito
  • Ismar Borges de Lima


  • Covers the social sciences, economics, business, education, and the environmental sciences

  • Comprehensively describes innovations in the field of bioeconomy, filling an important market niche

  • Provides a sound basis for promoting further research and practical efforts in sustainable bioeconomy


Part of the World Sustainability Series book series (WSUSE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Bioeconomy: Concepts, Fundaments and New Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Tiina Pursula, Maija Aho, Ida Rönnlund, Minna Päällysaho
      Pages 43-61
    3. Mounaim Sebastian Rhozyel, Jolanta Žalpytė
      Pages 63-73
  3. Bioeconomy: Industry, Market and Financing Possibilities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Marco Arlaud, Tracey Cumming, Ian Dickie, Marlon Flores, Onno van den Heuvel, David Meyers et al.
      Pages 77-98
    3. Miklós Gyalai-Korpos, Zoltán Szabó, Miklós Hollósy, Bence Dávid, Kinga Pencz, Csaba Fehér et al.
      Pages 99-116
  4. Bioeconomy: Innovative Approaches and Technological Possibilities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Daniel V. Ortega-Pacheco, Ariel Silva, Alfredo López, Ramón Espinel, Diego Inclán, María J. Mendoza-Jiménez
      Pages 187-203
    3. Yessica Miriam Plata Zepeda, Patricia Ramírez Romero, Fabíola S. Sosa-Rodríguez
      Pages 205-230
  5. Bioeconomy: Advances on Agriculture, Biofarming and Food Production

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Kay Plat, Andreas Meyer, Petra Schneider, Kai Perret
      Pages 233-260
    3. Raj Rengalakshmi, Manjula M., V. R. Prabavathy, S. Jegan, B. Selvamukilan
      Pages 261-277

About this book


This book gathers contributions from scientists and industry representatives on achieving a sustainable bioeconomy. It also covers the social sciences, economics, business, education and the environmental sciences. There is an urgent need to optimise and maximise the use of biological resources, so that primary production and processing systems can generate more food, fibre and other bio-based products with less environmental impacts and lower greenhouse gas emissions. In other words, we need a “sustainable bioeconomy” – a term that encompasses the sustainable production of renewable resources from land, fisheries and aquaculture environments and their conversion into food, feed, fibre bio-based products and bio-energy, as well as related public goods.
Despite the relevance of achieving a sustainable bioeconomy, there are very few publications in this field. Addressing that gap, this book illustrates how biological resources and ecosystems could be used in a more sustainable, efficient and integrated manner – in other words, how the principles of sustainable bioeconomy can be implemented in practice.
Given its interdisciplinary nature, the field of sustainable bioeconomy offers a unique opportunity to address complex and interconnected challenges, while also promoting economic growth. It helps countries and societies to make a transition and to use resources more efficiently, and shows how to rely less on biological resources to satisfy industry demands and consumer needs.
The papers are innovative, cross-cutting and include many practice-based lessons learned, some of which are reproducible elsewhere. In closing, the book, prepared by the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme (IUSDRP) and the World Sustainable Development Research and Transfer Centre (WSD-RTC), reiterates the need to promote a sustainable bioeconomy today.


Optimizing Biological Resources Sustainable Agriculture Sustainable Ecosystem Feed Conversion Ration Renewable Resource Exploitation SustainableFood System Sustainable Fishing Bioenergy Conversion

Editors and affiliations

  • Walter Leal Filho
    • 1
  • Diana Mihaela Pociovălișteanu
    • 2
  • Paulo Roberto Borges de Brito
    • 3
  • Ismar Borges de Lima
    • 4
  1. 1.Faculty of Life SciencesHAW HamburgHamburgGermany
  2. 2.“Constantin Brancusi” University of Târgu JiuTârgu JiuRomania
  3. 3.Department of Management, College of BusinessColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  4. 4.Institute for Agrarian & Regional DevelopmentFederal University of Southern and Southeastern ParáMarabáBrazil

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