The World BioEconomy Forum goes to Brazil – live from Belém!

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Oulu, Finland,01February2021 - The World BioEconomy Forum is pleased to announce that its Forum 2021 will be held in Belém, in the State of Pará, Brazil from 18 - 20 October 2021.

Belém is located in the Amazon region of Brazil and will give the Forum the opportunity to highlight the region as of fundamental importance to the global circular bioeconomy. The event will bring together high-level speakers and experts from around the world highlighting Belém and the Amazon region for essential debate on sustainable development.

This is the first time that the World BioEconomy Forum has left its usual location in Ruka, Finland. The Forum's advisory board is clearly aware that there is no bioeconomy that fits all, but several bioeconomies built to operate within their own regional economic systems. Therefore, the decision was made to move the Forum periodically to various locations around the world, and particularly in regions where the bioeconomy is at the centre of attention. Belém, in the state of Pará, in Brazil, is a perfect example of this.

Founder and President of the Forum, Jukka Kantola, says: “The World BioEconomy Forum has solidified its position as a major annual event for the circular bioeconomy. The last Forum in 2020 proved to be a major success attracting participants from more than 50 countries around the world. The Forum 2021 will be another step in our evolution as the World BioEconomy Forum goes to Brazil – live from Belém! Belém in Brazil will be a fascinating place for the Forum to be held, and it will be our great pleasure to share their narrative to the world at the same time as bringing global stakeholders of the Circular BioEconomy to Brazil."

The Forum will be co-hosted by the state of Pará.

Helder Barbalho, Governor of the State of Pará, says, “The World BioEconomy Forum will be held in the Pará State at a crucial time in our development as our efforts concentrate on the search for an economy based on biodiversity, with opportunities for all – especially the most needy. The Government of Pará has made a commitment to sustainable development since the beginning of its administration, when it has based its planning on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and on a macro-strategy that prioritises from local realities to the commitment to the life of each citizen of our country.

“The axis of economic action prioritises solutions that enable development with the standing forest. An example of this is the Amazon Now Plan, which has among its goals to reach the level of zero net emissions. To this end, the plan has four lines of action that range from the repression of environmental crimes and support for production chains, to land and environmental regularisation.”

The Forum will be held with the support of Brazil’s leading agricultural and forestry associations with the bioeconomy at their heart, ABAG and Ibá.

Marcello Brito, President of ABAG's Board of Directors, says, “This is a great privilege for Brazil to receive the World BioEconomy Forum. Much larger than we think, the Amazon biome covers almost half of the country, and has 22 types of different forest formations including non-forest and mixed vegetation. A huge area has already been anthropized. The time to discuss the bioeconomy in the region is very opportune, as there are a number of industries already successfully operating in the forest bioeconomy, including agro, food processing and cosmetics. We are absolutely sure that the event will be a success.”

Paulo Hartung, President of Ibá (Brazilian Tree Industry), says, “The bioeconomy and the vision of sustainability guide production models that use natural resources consciously, so that they can provide clean energy sources, mitigate the effects of climate change, provide quality food and other renewable products, among other essential needs. The holding in Brazil of the World Bioeconomy Forum, with the support of Ibá, demonstrates the commitment and potential for the national cultivated tree sector and for Brazil of the green economy, showing that we are attentive to the new mentality of a conscious and concerned consumer with sustainability, with the sanity of what you consume and with your own health. In a word: concerned with the future of the world.”

Planning of the Forum is well under way and it will follow the agenda of the World BioEconomy Forum. The agenda consists of four thematic areas, which will be covered during the event:

  • The Bioeconomy: People, Planet Policies
  • Global Leaders and the Financial World
  • Bioproducts around us
  • Looking to the Future

Each Forum is concluded with a joint declaration.

To find out how to attend the World BioEconomy Forum, visit

About the World Bioeconomy Forum (WCBEF)

The WCBEF is a think-tank initiative which provides a platform for key stakeholders of the Circular Bioeconomy to share ideas and promote bio-based responsible innovations to replace and supersede non-renewable based industries, products and services to achieve a more sustainable economy while mitigating climate change. 

About the State of the Pará

Pará has 144 municipalities, with a population of 8.6 million inhabitants (IBGE, 2018) distributed over an area of more than 1,245,870.798 km². The state   stands out as the largest consumer market and the largest economy in the Amazon and the northern region of Brazil, contributing 2.2% of the national GDP and 43.5% of the GDP of the Northern Region, results that position the Pará economy as the 12th largest economy in Brazil.

About ABAG

The Brazilian Association of Agribusiness (ABAG) was founded in 1993 with the purpose of helping Brazilian agribusiness in the process of sustainable development, engaging the sector and stakeholders of the industry both in Brazil and abroad.  The association plays an important role promoting and strengthening the agro industrial system and its relationships with governments, private sector, class entities and education institutions.  ABAG is the only association that congregates all the players of the segment, from the field to the industry, distribution and services.

About Ibá

The Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá) is the association responsible for institutional representation of the planted tree production chain, from the fields to the factory. In order to promote products derived from pine, eucalyptus, and other species that are directed toward industrial purposes, Ibá works to defend the interests of the sector to officials and government agencies, entities from the planted tree production chain, and significant sectors of the economy, social and environmental organizations, universities, schools, consumers, and the press – in Brazil as well as abroad.

Source: WCBEF