Monitoring the sustainability of the bioeconomy in Uruguay
How important is bioeconomy in Uruguay and what kind of sustainability effects are associated with it?
To answer these questions, we develop a system that monitors bio-based material flows and its related sustainability effects as well as the sectoral significance of the bioeconomy and its sustainability effects on a national scale.
Research and innovation on biological sciences, technologies and digitalization is advancing at a fast pace, forcing policy to keep up with the implications of producing and using new processes and products made from biological resources. Like other countries Uruguay also aims to make use of these developments by setting-up policies supporting the shift from a fossil-based economy towards a more sustainable bioeconomy.
In order to understand how the Uruguayan bioeconomy is structured, how sustainable it is and how it will evolve in the future, in close cooperation with FAO and Ministerio de Ganadería, Agricultura y Pesca we develop a bioeconomy monitoring system. The system is based on our approach for a systematic monitoring of the German bioeconomy. It aims to monitor the major bio-based material flows as well as the sectoral significance of the bioeconomy and its respective sustainability effects.
By adapting and refining our monitoring approach to Uruguayan needs and framework conditions, the project may serve as an example on how to synchronize monitoring activities across countries.
With regard to the material flow based monitoring in close cooperation with Uruguayan stakeholders we follow a stepwise approach :
This will provide a comprehensive overview on the magnitude bio-based value chains and associated sustainability effects. It allows to identify sustainability hot spots, reveals changes over time, allows for comparisons with fossil-based substitutes and provides information for countries monitoring imports into their bio-based material flows.
With regard to the sectoral monitoring we follow a similar stepwise approach involving Uruguayan stakeholders:
This will provide an overview on the significance of bioeconomy and its sustainability effects on a national scale. It allows to monitor the development of bioeconomy over time, the progress made reaching monitoring goals or other benchmarks.
7.2020 - 12.2021
Project status: ongoing