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Bioeconomy, Circular Economy and Sustainability 2nd Edition

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sustainability and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 5 December 2024 | Viewed by 298

Special Issue Editors

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Department of Landscape Management, Mendel University in Brno, Zemědělská 3, 613 00 Brno, Czech Republic
Interests: landscape management; forest management; recreation and tourism; nonwood forest products; environmental protection
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Department of Forest and Wood Products Economics and Policy, Mendelova univerzita v Brne, Brno, Czech Republic
Interests: forest

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The bioeconomy is made up of those parts of the economy that use renewable terrestrial and aquatic biological resources, such as forests, fish, and wildlife, to produce food, building materials, energy, medicine, and other essential items. It includes forestry and wood production, with the related biotechnological, chemical and energy industries, but also the provision of other ecosystem services that can support sustainable economic growth. In a bioeconomy, agriculture is not conceivable without sustainable land management. This is because land is a resource that can be used for growing produce as well as providing habitats for animals and living space for humans. Wood from local forests is an important resource for the bioeconomy. Greater forest diversity and new wood-based materials have the potential to make the timber industry more sustainable. Nonwood forest products are essential items in the bioeconomy. Certain bioeconomy strategies and scientific publications consider the bioeconomy to be inherently sustainable (Hetemäki et al., 2017Pfau et al., 2014). While certain authors consider the bioeconomy to be “circular by nature” (Carrez and Van Leeuwen, 2015Sheridan, 2016),  Hetemäki et al. (2017) see the risk of following a linear business-as-usual approach if the principles of a circular economy  are not considered. The circular economy is defined by the European Commission (2015) as minimizing the generation of waste and maintaining the value of products, materials and resources for as long as possible. As a response to these critical discussions, the updated bioeconomy strategy of the European Commission (2018) announced that the “European Bioeconomy needs to have sustainability and circularity at its heart” (European Commission, 2018). Boosting the circular bioeconomy is one of the ways to help combat global warming and its consequences: climate change, biodiversity loss, increased forest fires, etc. Furthermore, it is important to generate less waste and recycle the waste we produce.

Scope and aims: Therefore, the purpose of the Special Issue will be to bring together scholars interested in the broadly understood bioeconomy, circular economy, agroforestry, climate change and sustainability. We encourage interdisciplinary perspectives on an organisation and its milieu, combining an individual and organisational approach, bearing in mind that only comprehensive and multilevel strategies can result in benefits. The list of topics below is by no means exhaustive; they are merely suggestions for scientific investigation. This Special Issue welcomes contributions presenting both conceptual frameworks, systematic literature reviews and empirical results in the following areas:

  • Progress towards a sustainable bioeconomy;
  • Good practices to operate the bioeconomy within safe ecological limits;
  • Benefits of biodiversity in primary production;
  • Circular economy;
  • Agroforestry and its benefits;
  • Climate change;
  • Nonwood forest products;
  • Constructing relations with the business environment (including customers);
  • Education of stakeholders;
  • Eco-innovations;
  • Ecological trends in consumer behaviours.

Dr. Jitka Fialova
Dr. Petra Hlavackova
Guest Editors

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  • sustainability
  • forest-based bioeconomy
  • environmental management
  • eco-innovation
  • integrated value chain
  • agroforestry
  • nonwood forest products

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