Submissions are invited for a Special Issue of Land, on 'Sustainable Land-Based
Guest Editors: Dr. Stefanie Linser, Dr. Martin Greimel, Prof. Dr. Andreas Pyka.
The bioeconomy as a scientific concept was first introduced in the 1970s through an
analysis of the economic process with respect to fundamental laws of physics, implying
that negative impacts of resource extraction could be reduced by a circular economy with
minimized resource throughput. This notion of the bioeconomy being closely linked to
natural laws never caught up in political economics and was reinterpreted at the beginning
of the new millennium as a political agenda for industrial biomass production in the EU.
Following extensive criticism on having missed out on social and ecological
sustainability, the EU revised its strategies as sectoral programs and inspired countries
around the world to develop their own interpretations of a bioeconomy. A sustainable and
circular bioeconomy is also a pathway to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 because the bioeconomy relates to a number of SDGs.
Today, the predominantly academically led discussion has developed into a so-called
“mixed-source metadiscourse”, being on a par with comprehensive concepts such as
sustainable development or global governance, providing a broad narrative for a
As a common denominator, all bioeconomy development perspectives anticipate increased
biomass utilization which, in turn, puts land use and availability into particular focus.
In light of this conclusion, the aim of this Special Issue is to encourage further
discussions on the concept of sustainable bioeconomy development by providing a backdrop
through presenting the recent state of the discourse. Further, approaches to monitor,
assess and report the implementation of bioeconomy strategies have also become ever more
To provide an account on current approaches and implementations, we welcome paper
contributions in the form of either empirical research or conceptual/theoretical works on
selected perspectives of a land-based bioeconomy through policy analysis, literature
reviews and indicator-based monitoring mainly in the following categories:
* Development of the bioeconomy concept;
* Economic perspectives of a land-based bioeconomy;
* Environmental concerns in a sustainable land-based bioeconomy;
* Socio-cultural aspects in sustainable land-based bioeconomy development;
* Transformational pathways for a knowledge-based sustainable bioeconomy
* Monitoring, assessment and reporting approaches for a land-based bioeconomy.
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2022.
Further details at: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/land/special_issues/land_bioeconomy
Posted by IUFRO Headquarters on behalf of:
Dr. Stefanie Linser
Institute of Forest, Environment and Natural Resource Policy,
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)
and European Forest Institute, Forest Policy Research Network
1180 Vienna, Austria
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