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9/12/2023 4:30 PM


Nature-based Solutions meet Circular Economy: cascading use of biomass

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The latest IPCC reports draw a clear picture of the important role nature-based solutions for climate and biodiversity need to play for achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement. There is growing momentum for Nature-based Solutions (NbS). This is reflected in increased attention and pledges at the UNFCCC COPs, as well as other initiatives, policies, and public and private sector commitments and investments in the last years.

At the same time, the implementation of Nature-based Solutions depends significantly on the way we use our land and our natural resources. Biomass production plays a crucial role in this context.

The availability of biomass is limited and competition for biogenic resources is intensifying, not at least due to the demand for energy. Exceeding the sustainably available potential of biomass leads to the degradation of ecosystems, additional greenhouse gas emissions, and limited potential for Nature-based Solutions. Cascading uses of biomass can offer a solution that will maximize the positive effects of biomass use while limiting the demand for virgin biomass.

This side event will shed light on the interlinkages between nature-based solutions for climate and biodiversity and circular economy, with special focus on the potentials of cascading biomass use for climate action.

It will address current policies and climate reporting guidelines affecting biomass use and the implications for the implementation of Nature-based Solutions.

The in-person and online event features a high-level dialogue, followed by an exchange between experts.

High-level Dialogue:

·      German Environment Minister Steffi Lemke

·      German Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir

Expert Panel:

·      Janez Potočnik (Co-Chair IRP)

·      Éliane Ubalijoro (CEO Cifor/ICRAF)

·      Giacomo Grassi (EU JRC Senior Scientific Officer)

·      Prof. Philipp Misselwitz (Executive Director Bauhaus Earth)

·      Franziska Tanneberger (Head of Greifswald Mire Centre)


·      Katie Gallus, geographer and international moderator