2nd Joint International Workshop on Bioenergy, Biodiversity Mapping and Degraded Lands

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The 2nd Joint International Workshop on Bioenergy, Biodiversity Mapping and Degraded Lands was a research project of Oeko-Institut and IFEU, sponsored by the German Ministry for Environment (BMU)and the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) on global sustainable biomass trade organized jointly with the RSB and UNEP and in collaboration with CI, FAO, IUCN and WWF. The 2nd Joint International Workshop on Bioenergy, Biodiversity Mapping and Degraded Land was held in Paris, France, 7-8 July 2009.

Mapping is a tool to assess and plan land use.



The sustainability of bioenergy, and biofuels in particular, has become an issue of global concern in past years: greenhouse-gas emissions (GHG) balances, biodiversity impacts and competition for arable land as well as food security are prominent issues in e.g., the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), various UN agencies (FAO, UNEP, UNIDO), and the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP). Greenhouse-gas emissions of bioenergy are subject to regulation in Europe and the USA, are dealt with in GBEP, and standardization bodies such as The European Committee for Standardization (CEN), and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Potential indirect land use change impacts on the greenhouse-gas balance are also prominent in the discussion, which leads to rising interests in the use of non-arable land for biofuel feedstock production, i.e. land which is not in competition with other uses, and might help avoiding potential indirect land use change effects.

Globally, biodiversity impacts have been addressed less so far – the Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD) made it an issue of its 2008 decision, and collects evidence for further discussion. But with the decision on the EU Directive for the Promotion of Renewable Energy Sources, biodiversity becomes an important issue of sustainability requirements for bioenergy, especially regarding geographical “mapping” of areas to be protected against feedstock cultivation. Therefore, definitions, suitable data sources and methods become important in parallel, and need further development.

Using non-arable, “degraded” land for bioenergy feedstock production could, in theory, avoid displacing food/feed crops and, thus, reduce pressure on fertile land and respective indirect land use change effects, and offers potential soil carbon fixation benefits. Still, biodiversity mapping is needed also for degraded land to safeguard against negative impacts, and social concerns require attention.

The 2nd Joint International Workshop discussed both aspects, brought together current knowledge, presented ongoing activities, and developed perspectives for future collaboration. It was an exchange forum on the working level. The 2nd workshop presented work initiated during the 1st workshop (June/July 2008, see Joint International Workshop Mapping), especially preliminary results from country and case studies.

Agenda and Presentations

July 7, 2009: The Current Landscape and Lessons Learnt: Case Studies and Definitions

Session 1: The Current Global Landscape; Chair: Uwe R. Fritsche (OEKO)

  • "Biodiversity and Biofuels in the CBD Process: Status and Perspectives"; David Coates (CBD Secretariat) [only oral presentation]

Session 2: Country and Case Studies; Chair: Sebastien Haye (RSB)

Session Introduction
Country studies on biodiversity mapping and degraded lands
Case studies on HCV mapping/Responsible Cultivation Areas

Session 3: Definitions and Data Bases; Chair: Jérôme Malavelle (UNEP)

Session Introduction
Parallel Working Groups
  • Working group 1: Biodiversity
    • Brief input from Giulio Volpi (EU DG ENV)
    • WG Chair: Klaus Hennenberg (OEKO)
    • Rapporteur: László Máthé (WWF)
  • Working group 2: Degraded Land

Brief input from Zhanguo Bai (ISRIC) 3.4 MB

    • WG Chair: Bart Dehue (Ecofys)
    • Rapporteur: Punji Leagnavar (UNEP)
  • Results from working groups – exchange and discussion
    • Presentations by WG Rapporteurs; questions and discussion, moderated by the session chair
For WG discussions, see Workshop Outcome Report

July 8, 2009: Implementation and Perspectives

Session 4: Mapping Practice and Data Needs; Chair: Nadine McCormick (IUCN)

Session Introduction

Parallel Working Groups

  • Working group 2: Degraded Land
    • Input: Bart Dehue (Ecofys); WG Chair: Zhanguo Bai (ISRIC); Rapporteur: Ignacio Gavilan (BP)

Session 5: Further Issues; Chair: Imke Luebekke (WWF EU)

Parallel Working Groups
  • Gap analysis and proposals how to fill gaps: Biodiversity; results from German and EU work; perspectives on joint work initiative; brief inputs from Nadine McCormick (IUCN) and Uwe R. Fritsche (OEKO)
    • WG Chair: Barney Dickson (UNEP WCMC); Rapporteur: Catherine Bowyer (IEEP)
  • Potential cultivation on degraded lands: which systems, which barriers; brief input from Astrid Agostini (FAO)
    • WG Chair:Suani Coelho.(CENBIO); Rapporteur: Punji Leagnavar (UNEP)
  • Biomass production in protected areas? First discussion on issues and definitions; brief input from Horst Fehrenbach (IFEU)
    • WG Chair: Abigail Fallot (CATIE); Rapporteur: Jérôme Malevelle (UNEP)
  • Results from working groups – exchange and discussion
    • Presentations by WG Rapporteurs; questions and discussion, moderated by the session chair
For whole session, see Workshop Outcome Report

Session 6: The Way Ahead

Plenary Discussion on (joint) perspectives, moderated by Uwe R. Fritsche (OEKO)
  • Short presentation from Nadine McCormick (IUCN), summarising a common 4-step approach to defining land for cultivation. The full discussion paper referenced in the presentation is available here.
  • Brief inputs from
    • Paul de Moudt (Shell)
    • Suani Coelho (CENBIO)
    • Giulio Volpi (EU DG ENV)
    • Bart Dehue (Ecofys)
    • Christine Dragisic (CI)
    • Ignacio Gavilan (BP)
    • David Coates (CBD Secretariat)
For whole session, see Workshop Outcome Report

Summary and Next Steps; Martina Otto and Uwe R. Fritsche

see Workshop Outcome Report

Workshop Outcome

The Workshop Outcome Report summarizes all discussions in the plenary and the working groups.

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