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IEA Bioenergy to launch report on sustainability governance approaches for bioenergy and biomaterials supply chains

IEA Bioenergy, an organisation set up by the International Energy Agency (IEA), will launch a new report on sustainability governance approaches for bioenergy and biomaterials supply chains.

The report will be called “Novel regional and landscape-based approaches to govern sustainability of bioenergy and biomaterials supply chains” and will be unveiled on 13 July, 2020.

Bioenergy and bioeconomy goals require the development of sustainable biomass value chains. Certification is a useful tool, but it has its limitations in reaching all stakeholders in a region, with different levels of capabilities, and tackling issues involving processes taking place at the landscape level or in wider regional or national contexts, IEA Bioenergy (@IEABioenergy) stated.

Novel regional and landscape governance approaches aim at addressing complex sustainability challenges by enhancing commitment and collaboration between multiple stakeholders and sectors.

The aim is to achieve common goals for a more sustainable production at larger geographical scales and across sectors, regardless of the purpose of produced raw materials, or the end-destination of products. According to IEA, several landscape governance initiatives are emerging, but there is a need to better understand what makes them effective in achieving their sustainability goals.

The report is based on nine case studies from Africa, Asia, South America and Europe, where landscape governance has been adopted to manage the resources and land uses with the participation of the different stakeholders from government organisations, the private sector and non-governmental organisations.

The overall aim of the report is to better understand how the characteristics of regional governance approaches influence their effectiveness and legitimacy as documentation of sustainability of bioenergy and biomaterial supply chains, in different scales and geographical settings.

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