Joint International Workshop on High Nature Value Criteria and Potential for Sustainable Use of Degraded Lands

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Bioenergy and Biodiversity: Joint International Workshop on High Nature Value Criteria and Potential for Sustainable Use of Degraded Lands - June 30 to July 1, 2008 at UNEP, Paris

A joint initiative of Oeko-Institut, RSB and UNEP in collaboration with CI, FAO, IUCN and WWF

Please note also the 2nd Joint International Workshop Mapping held in Paris from July 7-8, 2009 .



Both the CBD-COP9 in May 2008, and the FAO High-Level Conference in June 2008 called for guidance on sustainability requirements for bioenergy development, especially with respect to net GHG reduction, biodiversity, and food security.

For GHG emissions, the GBEP Task Force already works on methods, but for biodiversity, no forum exists yet to agree on criteria and respective methods to geographically "map" relevant areas which need protection against potential (bioenergy) development. Using degraded land for bioenergy feedstock production could avoid "displacing" food/feed crops, and offers potential soil carbon fixation benefits. Still, biodiversity "mapping" is needed also for degraded land to safeguard against negative impacts, and social concerns need to be addressed as well.

The Joint International Workshop discussed both, bringing together current knowledge, presenting ongoing activities, and developing perspectives for collaboration.

Day 1: High Nature/Conservation Value Criteria and Indicators for Spatial Mapping The 1st day of the workshop explored and discussed how to characterize and identify high nature value/high conservation value areas with respect to spatial mapping of these lands, This is not only an issue of biofuel feedstock production, but also more generically of palm, soy, sugarcane, forest, and other industries.

Day 2: Sustainable Bioenergy from Degraded Lands? The 2nd day of the workshop was dedicated to exchange information on research activities concerning potential of degraded lands to provide opportunities for sustainable bioenergy feedstock provision. It was discussed whether the tools used to identify HCV/HNV areas might be extended to identify 'degraded' or even 'idle' land, which many actors would like to see prioritized for biofuels production. Data availability and joint work were considered as well.

Issue Papers

  • Criteria and Indicators to Identify and Map High Nature Value Areas; Joint Issue Paper prepared by Klaus J. Hennenberg, Uwe R. Fritsche, Kirsten Wiegmann (Oeko-Institut - OEKO), Sébastien Haye (Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels - RSB), Jenny Hewson, Christine Dragisic (Conservation International - CI); PDF 1.9 MB [1]
  • Degraded Land and Sustainable Bioenergy Feedstock Production; Issue Paper prepared by Kirsten Wiegmann, Klaus J. Hennenberg, Uwe R. Fritsche (OEKO); PDF 0.4 MB [2]
  • Bioenergy production on marginal and degraded land: the potential social impacts; Issue Paper prepared by Annie Sugrue (RSB); PDF 0.5 MB [3]

Workshop Outcome

Notes on the workshop and its outcome, including a list of participants and working group results: NOTES and OUTCOME of the Joint International Workshop (PDF file)


The workshop agenda as PDF (0.5 MB)[4]


The presentations made during the workshop are available for download as PDF, ordered according to the agenda:

Day 1: Biodiversity Criteria/Indicators for Mapping of HNV/HCV Land

"Criteria and Risk Mitigation for Biodiversity - Key Issues to be Discussed"; Klaus Hennenberg (OEKO)/Sébastien Haye (RSB) 1.4 MB [5]

State of the Discussion – Brief presentations:

  • Kate Bottriell (ProForest) 1,3 MB [6]
  • Helen Watson (COMPETE) 0.9 MB [7]
  • Valerie Kapos(UNEP-WCMC) 0.8 MB [8]

Activities and Ongoing Work:

  • RSB’s Criteria and Indicators for Biodiversity; Sébastien Haye 0.3 MB [9]
  • Conservation International’s Approach; Christine Dragisic 2.8 MB [10]
  • IUCN projects and Definitions; Nadine McCormick 0.6 MB [11]

Day 2: Sustainable Bioenergy from Degraded Lands?

Introduction to Degraded Land, Biodiversity, and Bioenergy; Kirsten Wiegmann, Klaus Hennenberg (OEKO)[12]

Brief Presentation of Case Study Partners:

  • Brazil - Antonio Ramalho-Filho (EMPRAPA)and Giulio Volpi (FES) 3.5 MB [13]
  • China (Heinz-Peter Mang, Beijing University of Science and Technology) 2.2 MB [14]
  • South Africa (Helen Watson, University of KwaZulu-Natal) 4.2 MB [15]
  • Tanzania (Jensen Shuma, TaTEDO) 2.2 MB [16]
  • WWF activities (Laszlo Mathe) 0.2 MB [17]

"Lessons from the “Roundtable on Bioenergy Enterprise – Jatropha and alike”; Martina Otto (UNEP) 0.4 MB [18]

"Definitions for Land Categories: Abandoned, Degraded…"; Klaus Hennenberg/Kirsten Wiegmann (OEKO) 0.8 MB [19]

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