ALCUE KBBE project

Project duration: 2011/06/01 - 2013/11/30

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The CSA project ALCUE-KBBE “Towards a Latin American and Caribbean Knowledge Based Bio-Economy in partnership with Europe” (Contract No. 264266) was co-financed by the European Commission´s 7th Framework program.


The new bioeconomy is increasingly seen as a workable alternative to move today’s economies in the direction of more sustainable natural resource use and economic growth. In its essence it’s the coming together of biology, chemistry, materials sciences, genomics and information technology to better exploit natural resources both in agriculture and industry. The questions and challenge is whether the new concepts are of relevance for the small scale and what are the needed policies to promote and guide investments and the new institutions to ensure the safety of the new technologies and the equitable distribution of the benefits of the ensuing economic growth.


The project objective is to establish a LAC-UE platform bringing together regional and continental organizations involved in research funding and implementation, as well as other relevant stakeholders from the public and private sector and the civil society, in an effort to generate relevant information for the design and implementation of specific plans and projects, included the needed R&D and set the basis for the establishments of an enabling policy and institutional environment, as well as, for the development and consolidation of the KBBE in both the regions. To achieve this aim the project activities are oriented to generate information relevant to KBBE related issues in LAC, to help establish a strategic reflection and analysis on KBBE opportunities and limitations in the region, to stimulate KBBE related research and development ALC-UE cooperation, and to insert the KBBE theme in LAC policy agendas.

For further information on ALCUE KBBE, please access the project's information managment platform HERE.

Main outputs of the ALCUE KBBE project

  1. Better and deeper understanding of the LAC current conditions and resources that are relevant for a future bioeconomy model implantation (implementation?). An inventory of resources as well as an identification process of principal constraints and opportunities in the LAC region was conducted. 
  2. In cooperation between government agencies, private sector and academia from the LAC and EU region, Bioeconomy concepts and strategy examples (from EU countries and others) were mainstreamed. This was done through organizing seminars, regional conferences and workshops. In addition policy notes and working papers were formulated and disseminated. 
  3. Together with multiple regional and national stakeholders and actors, a LAC Bioeconomy vision and development pathways were formulated. In addition to that, Bioeconomy policy roadmaps, development scenarios & policy and R&D agendas were developed in the frame of stakeholder workshops and disseminated in the region. Furthermore the European Commission integrated principal results in the activities and outputs of the ALCUE JIRI working group on the Bioeconomy.
  4. Principal results were published through the project newsletters, policy notes and working papers. In addition a book was published in both English and Spanish languages assembling most relevant analyses and assessment. Title: Towards a Latin America and Caribbean Knowledge Based Bio-Economy in Partnership with Europe (Download possible from the section key documents). 
  5. A LAC Bioeconomy actors data basis was started on a per country basis, as a first entry point on Bioeconomy in the region, to be value added and integrated in a future LAC Bioeconomy Observatory (part of ALCUENET project).

Key documents