The Global Bioecononomy Summit 2018 (GBS2018), a high-level event for policy discussion and networking organized by the German Bioeconomy Council, will be held on 19 – 20 April 2018, in Berlin, Germany.
BioInnovate Africa Programme Manager,Dr. Julius Ecuru, will co-chair one of 14 expert workshops on the bioeconomy of world regions (Africa), alongside Professors Jan Börner and Fabio Fava from the University Bonn, Germany, and the University Bologna, Italy, respectively.
The workshop, titled ‘Bioeconomy World Regions: Africa’, will explore challenges in the development of bioeconomies from a regional perspective, how to foster cooperation with other world regions in the global bioeconomy, and using the SDGs as global sustainability safeguards.
Dr. Ecuru remarked that developing sustainable bioeconomies has several strategic advantages for sub-Saharan Africa, which is considered the centre of biological diversity. He said, “BioInnovate Africa is leading efforts in eastern Africa to develop a knowledge-based bioeconomy to enable value addition to raw biological materials, improve resource efficiency – especially in manufacturing – and convert biological waste into more useful products, hence lowering CO2 emissions.”