THE EUROPEAN BIOECONOMY IN 2030- Delivering Sustainable Growth by addressing the Grand Societal Challenges
This White Paper is the result of discussions between nine European Technology Platforms , including the Forestry Based Platform, that cover different segments of the European Knowledge-Based-Bio economy and a series of open meetings with their array of stakeholders. The primary focus of this document is to elaborate on common themes and joint priorities across the widely diverse sectors relevant for the European Bio economy.
Bio economy is based on an integrated web of systems and networks which use biological resources, maximise value creation and, as far as possible, work in closed loops (in terms of raw materials, water, nutrients, by-products and energy).
Water is therefore one of the key challenges. Some examples of the goals are:
- It is not enough to provide solutions for the current population; the challenges must be addressed sustainably to provide a secure future for succeeding generations in a way that makes economic sense. To achieve this, major issues such as water usage, land management, efficient use of nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus, maintaining carbon sinks and socio-economic development must be tackled in a systematic and holistic way across all the interconnected sectors.
- Water management is highly important in Challenge 1-Sustainable management of natural resources. Sustainable resource use to ensure the continued availability and affordability of land, water, raw materials, nutrients and products. A particular example is “Reducing water use throughout the food supply chain”
- More efficient use of water is included in challenge 4 –Mitigating climate change.
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