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Title: Bioenergy and Biodiversity: Key Lessons from the Pan American Region to be part of Special Issue on Biofuels in the Americas

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. 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.
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  1. ORNL
  2. Conservation International (CI), Brasil
  3. Michigan Technological University
  4. Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  5. State University of Campinas (UNICAMP)
  6. University of Sao Paulo (USP), Brazil
  7. Great Lakes Forestry Centre (GLFC), Ontario, Canada
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Springer International Publishing AG, Part of Springer Science+Business Media, Cham, Switzerland
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
biofuel; Brazil; Canada; ecological impacts; woody biomass; forest residue