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21-23 MARCH 2017

Final OpenNESS Annual Meeting in Smolenice, Slovakia

Bioenergy-related case study for Central Germany establishes Advisory Board

In June 2014, the Case Study Advisory Board of the OpenNESS case ‘Bioenergy-related synergies and trade-offs in ecosystem services provision in Central Germany’ met for the first time. With this meeting, the Advisory Board, composed of stakeholders concerned with the topic, was formally established.

After an introduction and a vivid discussion about the case study, participants introduced their perspectives on bioenergy production in Saxony and identified common, but also new interests in the research. Interests are the competition among different kind of land uses, e.g. bioenergy production vs. nature protection, as conflicting goals, but also competing management styles, like conventional farming vs. non-plough tillage. Another discussed topic was the recent law amendment of the German Renewable Energy Law and its consequences for bioenergy production in Saxony. In the course of this, the vast knowledge of the board members became obvious as they have gained experience with bioenergy production in the area for the last 20 years.

The Advisory Board consists of six members representing the research sector, environmental NGOs, administration, and bioenergy plant operators. Meetings will take place on demand, but at least on an annual basis. The next meeting is planned for February 2015. During that meeting, the main topic will be the development of qualitative and quantitative scenario assumptions for the bioenergy production in Saxony.

All 27 case studies of the OpenNESS research project have established Case Study Advisory Boards, which help to implement the transdisciplinary approach of OpenNESS. They play a crucial role for the general success of OpenNESS as they allow practical experiences with the operationalization of the ecosystem services concept as well as a testing ground for instruments and tools developed within the various Work Packages.

Photo: Jühnde near Göttingen in Lower Saxony