BIOCLIMAPATHS aims to better understand the impacts of climate change in future societies that have adopted bioeconomy as a substantial pillar of their economies.
Bioeconomies can help slowing down climate change but – as the central topic in this project – farmers, supply chains, households and governments may become more exposed to the impact of climate extremes on the supply and prices of food and non-food biobased products. Already, agricultural and food commodities have been reported to become more susceptible to climate extremes, in particular to droughts, floods and. Impacts of extreme events include lower crop yields, seed losses, insect infestation, storm damage and deterioration of soil organic content, .
In this context, bioeconomy stakeholders become increasingly aware of an important knowledge gap concerning risks and uncertainty related to climate extremes and the potential impacts in society. To fill this gap, the BIOCLIMAPATHS consortium developed an innovative, spatially explicit, modeling framework for risk assessments of bioeconomy transitions subject to climate extremes.
The BIOCLIMAPATHS (BCP) consortium leveraged on complementary expertise of research teams from Austria, Germany and Spain, covering a wide range of climate regions in north, central and south-Europe.
BIOCLIMAPATHS is an AXIS project (2019 – 2022), co-funded by the EU and individual member states under the Horizon 2020 programme.