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Title: Bioenergy and biodiversity: Key lessons from the Pan American region

Understanding how large-scale bioenergy production can affect biodiversity and ecosystems is important if society is to meet current and future sustainable development goals. A variety of bioenergy production systems have been established within different contexts throughout the Pan American region, with wide-ranging results in terms of documented and projected effects on biodiversity and ecosystems. The Pan American region is home to the majority of commercial bioenergy production and therefore the region offers a broad set of experiences and insights on both conflicts and opportunities for biodiversity and bioenergy. This paper synthesizes lessons learned focusing on experiences in Canada, the United States, and Brazil, regarding the conflicts that can arise between bioenergy production and ecological conservation, and benefits that can be derived when bioenergy policies promote planning and more sustainable land management systems. Lastly, we propose a research agenda to address priority information gaps that are relevant to biodiversity concerns and related policy challenges in the Pan American region.
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4] ;  [5] ;  [6] ;  [5] ;  [7]
  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  2. UFRRJ/Conservation International Brazil, Seropedica (Brazil)
  3. Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, MI (United States)
  4. Federal Rural Univ. of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
  5. Univ. of Campinas, Campinas (Brazil)
  6. Univ. of Sao Paulo, Piracicaba (Brazil)
  7. Canadian Forest Service, Sault Ste. Marie (Canada). Great Lakes Forestry Centre
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Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Environmental Management; Journal Volume: 56; Journal Issue: 6
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
ME USDOE - Office of Management, Budget, and Evaluation; ORNL work for others
Country of Publication:
United States
09 BIOMASS FUELS biofuel; Brazil; Canada; ecological impacts; woody biomass; forest residue