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ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network working with more than 2,500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development.

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Mobilization of a plurality of voices and mutual learning to accelerate the Bio-based sector

What we are doing

A Bioeconomy for Europe aims at shifting the European economy towards a greater and more sustainable use of renewable resources. The development of the bioeconomy is driven by the desire to meet some of the big societal challenges of our time. The European bioeconomy could have a positive impact in addressing the societal challenges (jobs, inclusiveness), environmental challenges (biodiversity, ecological balance) and economical challenges (resource efficiency, competitiveness) contributing to reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Bioeconomy is a complex and multi-factorial domain and its wide diffusion depends on the active collaboration of a broad range of stakeholders, including industry, researchers, civil society and public authorities. This collaboration demands new interactions and synergies, all of which imply the building of trust and mutual learning between stakeholders. The platform developed by BIOVoices builds on the concept of Mobilisation & Mutual Learning Platforms (MML) and methods developed previously in European projects with the ultimate objective of stimulating dialogues between Quadruple-helix stakeholders in bioeconomy, delivering an Action Plan addressing the challenges of raising awareness of and engaging with the citizens on the bio-based products. It is crucial that society is involved in the development and governance of the bioeconomy: effective societal awareness, engagement, education and training schemes need to be developed, since there is no sustainable bioeconomy without the direct involvement of civil society in a co-construction mode, with societal appraisal of bioeconomy. In that sense, bioeconomy products and services can only become economically viable when they are accepted by society, which not only depends on the quality of these products and services itself but also on the trust citizens have in them.

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How we are tracking

Number of Mobilization and Mutual Learning (MML) Workshops implemented (70 in total), Number of stakeholders engaged (through MML workshops, social media, BIOVOICES platform), Policy recommendations for quadruple-helix stakeholder developed

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What we are achieving

ICLEI is in charge of making a review on barriers and opportunities for the development of bio-based value chains; identifying stakeholders and expected benefits from mutual learning; mapping bio-based products (applications) based on stakeholders' interests; creating guidelines for the BIOVoices Mobilisation and Mutual Learning approach; engaging the plurality of voices through creation of the BIOVOICES community and establishing a mechanism for communication of their needs, through the methodological approach for Mobilisation and Mutual Learning (MML) workshops; creating the on line BIOVoices social platform and on line mutual learning activities; co-designing of the BIOVoices social platform and organising a series of European, National and Regional MML co-creation events. All of these actions will promote the dialogue among civil society, business, policy makers and researchers as well as develop a common understanding of the different needs and possible solutions and produce policy briefs in order to increase the societal confidence related to bio-based products and industries.

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Related ICLEI Pathways
  • Circular development
Related SDGs

AseBio Spanish Association of Biotechnology Companies, Association for Innovation and Development of the Faculty of Science and Technology, CIVITTA Estonia, Frontier Management Consulting, FVA New Media Research, Globaz SA, Italian Agency for the Promotion of European Research, Italian National Research Council, Minerva Health & Care Communications, PEDAL Consulting, Q-PLAN International, Wageningen University and Research,

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