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Spain's Bioeconomy Strategy

Wiki Spanish Food editorial team

This week we're highlighting the Bioeconomía (Bioeconomy) website, a project to draft the Spanish Bioeconomy Strategy, promoted by the Secretary of State for Research Development and Innovation; the National Institute for Agriculture and Food Research and Technology (INIA); the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI); the Center for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research (CIEMAT); the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC); the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment, the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism; the Spanish Food and Drink Industry Federation (FIAB); the Spanish Confederation of Employers' Organizations (CEOE); ASEBIO; and SEBiot.

Bioeconomy refers to all economic activity to produce products and services, generating economic activity with the use of biological resources. The biobased economy concept has come to the fore due to the growing population, the exhaustion of natural resources, and climate change, and is considered to be one solution to these major global challenges. The need for a change in trend sets the stage for the agri-food sector—supported by bioproducts and bioenergy—to play a strategic role. As a result, the bioeconomy is a necessity as well as a great opportunity for rural areas.

Spain is currently immersed in the process of drafting the "Spanish Bioeconomy Strategy: Horizon 2030", which aims to boost economic activity while improving productive sector competitiveness and sustainability, promoting the development and application of technology created through collaborations between science and business. To that end, this online platform provides up-to-date information about the projects being developed and offers the possibility of submitting suggestions for the draft, which is also available on the web, with a view to developing a more comprehensive strategy that responds to the various parties' needs.

In addition to consulting the draft document, users can also find other texts on the bioeconomy and sustainable growth in Spain and Europe and read about other entities' success stories in this area. Users can apply filters to find those documents which interest them the most. Additionally, the web has a News section with the latest events and information about the biobased economy.

The site is simple and straightforward, enabling users to find documents related to the topics that interest them.

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28/12/2015