CBA launches first of a kind Principles for Regenerative Landscapes

This news item relates to the EFI-led initiative which ran from 2020 to September 2023

CBA has published its science-based framework for sustainable and resilient landscape regeneration, developed in partnership with AstraZeneca, the European Forest Institute (EFI), and the CBA Scientific Advisory Board.

The ‘CBA Principles for Regenerative Landscapes’ take a unique, multidimensional approach to harmonize bioeconomy value chains with nature. The Principles have been, informed by the latest scientific evidence and operational knowledge on how we can transform degraded areas into regenerative landscapes.

Prof. Bart Muys, chair of the CBA Scientific Advisory Board said: “The Principles are pioneering as they integrate elements of resilience and adaptive capacity for people and ecosystems into the framework of strong sustainability. It makes them a powerful tool to pave the way to a harmonious joint future for nature and people”.

Juliette White, Vice President Global SHE & Operations Sustainability, AstraZeneca said: “Through AZ Forest, we have committed to plant and maintain 200 million trees by 2030, restoring 100,000 hectares across six continents. Our focus is on reforestation that supports nature, human health and local communities, with a science-driven approach. We are proud to be collaborating with recognised experts like the CBA on our projects, and we hope that the framework we have co-developed will support sustainable and resilient landscape regeneration for decades to come.”

There are 7 principles, which focus on sustainability, resilience and local context:

Sustainability is assessed via three principles focusing on the impacts on nature and the environment; social wellbeing and economic prosperity of the landscapes and value chains created.

Resilience is assessed via three principles: diversity, connectivity and adaptive capacity.

Local context is assessed using one principle, harmony.

The Principles will be used to inspire, select, implement and assess the CBA’s Living Labs for Nature, People and Planet, as well as other CBA-related efforts, projects and funds which aim to scale up landscape regeneration globally.

These Principles will form the basis for the CBA standard of criteria and indicators, to be launched in beta form this autumn.

More information

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Note: The Principles are a living document, which will be revised and updated following their implementation on the ground.

Contact Yitagesu Tekle (yitagesu.tekle @

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New Living Lab in collaboration with The Armani Group announced

This news item relates to the EFI-led initiative which ran from 2020 to September 2023

The Armani Group announces a new project in collaboration with the Sustainable Markets Initiative’s Fashion Task Force and the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance: Apulia regenerative cotton project, paving a sustainable and innovative path for fashion in Italy

On the occasion of World Environment Day, the Armani Group further testifies to its commitment towards environmental issues and the active promotion of sustainable practices with the announcement of a new project in collaboration with the Sustainable Markets Initiative’s Fashion Task Force and the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance, both founded by His Majesty King Charles III in his former role as The Prince of Wales. The Apulia Regenerative Cotton Project will focus on the development of agroforestry-based cotton production. 

Supported by the Sustainable Markets Initiative’s Fashion Task Force in partnership with the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance and coordinated by the European Forest Institute (EFI) together with the Council for Agricultural Research and Economics of Italy (CREA) and with PRETATERRA, the objective of this pilot project is to develop an experimental agroforestry regenerative cotton site, among the first of its kind, to test and scientifically assess new ways to implement sustainable cotton production in Italy. The aim is to demonstrate how to enhance landscape diversity, water saving and soil fertility as well as biodiversity-related ecosystem services while producing cotton with a low carbon footprint through the use of agroforestry systems. This innovative approach responds to increasing consumer demand for sustainable fashion globally, and at the same time, it ensures traceable and resilient value chains as well as the safety of resources. 

I am very glad that the partnership with the SMI Fashion Taskforce, led by Federico Marchetti, is resulting in a pioneering project with Giorgio Armani to establish the first Agroforestry cotton experimental site in Europe. This project is crucial to generate new scientific knowledge to guide the transition towards nature-positive and climate-neutral cotton production” said Marc Palahí, Chair of the CBA.

“In fashion, everything begins from the material: all my designs start with the choice of fabric. And it was by experimenting and using non-traditional fabrics that I revolutionized fashion. But the textile industry is one of the sectors with the greatest impact on the planet and that is an issue that cannot be neglected. Our commitment with Sustainable Markets Initiative is to drive positive change: it is a bold and innovative project and one that is particularly meaningful for me and my company. Actively participating in the development of agroforestry regenerative cotton, especially on Italian soil, is an important step and will also have a real impact on local communities. Once a utopia, regenerative fashion finally begins to assume a tangible form” said Giorgio Armani.

Puglia (Apulia) has a mild climate which creates the perfect environment to grow a great diversity of agricultural crops and this project contributes to the reintroduction in the region of a long tradition of cotton farming, which dates back to the 12th century. After the initial cotton planting on one hectare of land which started being implemented last May, from 2024 cultivation will gradually expand to occupy a total farm area of five hectares. 

Over five years, this farm site will be among the first field experiments in Europe testing agroforestry cotton with alternative tree species and regenerative practices. Regular scientific reports will evaluate the properties of the cotton yielded and will assess the environmental impacts and production levels of the different plots established. 

The Apulia Regenerative Cotton Project is part of the Regenerative Fashion Manifesto, developed by the Sustainable Markets Initiative’s Fashion Task Force, chaired by entrepreneur Federico Marchetti in partnership with the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance (CBA), led by scientist Marc Palahí. By adhering to the manifesto, members of the Sustainable Markets Initiative’s Fashion Task Force are committing to a progressive shift towards regenerative fashion – a circular biobased industry that uses newly created or restored regenerative landscapes as the basis for bioeconomy value chains and practices that empower local communities and support their prosperity.   

This initiative is in line with the pledge of the Armani Group to integrate and strengthen sustainable and responsible development into the company’s values and business strategies. Indeed, in 2021 the Group enhanced its governance on this issue and launched a new sustainability strategy based on three main pillars “People, Planet, Prosperity”. The Group has also defined concrete objectives for the company and along its entire value chain according to the ESG approach (Environmental, Social, Governance).

About The Armani Group

Established in 1975 by Giorgio Armani, Chairman and CEO, the Armani Group is one of the leading fashion and luxury goods companies in the world. The Group designs, manufactures, distributes and directly retails fashion and lifestyle products including apparel, accessories, eyewear, watches, jewellery, cosmetics, fragrances, and furniture and home décor and operates in the areas of food and beverage and hotellerie.

About the Sustainable Markets Initiative

In his former role as The Prince of Wales, His Majesty King Charles III launched the Sustainable Markets Initiative (SMI) in January 2020. The Sustainable Markets Initiative is a network of global CEOs across industries working together to build prosperous and sustainable economies that generate long-term value through the balanced integration of natural, social, human, and financial capital. The Sustainable Markets Initiative also launched its Terra Carta in 2021, which provides a practical roadmap for acceleration towards an ambitious and sustainable future; one that will harness the power of Nature combined with the transformative power, innovation, and resources of the private sector.

About the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance (CBA)

The Circular Bioeconomy Alliance was established in 2020 by His Majesty King Charles III (formerly The Prince of Wales) to connect the dots between finance, companies operating within biobased value chains and action on the ground to restore land, enhance biodiversity and provide jobs and prosperity to local and indigenous communities. Members include intergovernmental organizations, companies, investors, research organizations and NGOs providing expertise and implementing projects in areas related to the circular bioeconomy.

About the European Forest Institute (EFI)

The European Forest Institute (EFI) is a pan-European international organization conducting scientific research and providing policy support on forest-related issues. EFI has 30 Member Countries and c. 130 member organizations from 40 different countries working in diverse research fields. EFI has more than 25 years of experience in coordinating complex transnational scientific forest-related projects funded by the European Commission and Member States. EFI will have the overall coordination and management of the project and communication with the donor. EFI will lead the experimental design and contribute to all phases of the project.

About Council for Agricultural Research and Economics of Italy (CREA)

The Council for Agricultural Research and Economics of Italy is organised into 12 Research Centres located throughout Italy. CREA-AA (Centre for Agriculture and Environment) carries out studies and research for the characterization, sustainable management, and the space-temporal modelling of agricultural and forestry ecosystems by means of an inter- and multi-disciplinary approach. The CREA-AA based in Bari (Puglia region), owning five experimental farms, will be the implementing partner of the consortium. CREA-AA will be responsible for implementing the experimental sites, monitoring and scientific assessments in the 5 hectares of the “Venezian experimental farm” in Rutigliano.


PRETATERRA develops and implements replicable, regenerative agroforestry systems, combining scientific data, empirical ancestral information, and traditional knowledge with technological innovations. PRETATERRA will contribute to the co-designing of the agroforestry cotton experimental sites and regenerative practices to be tested.

Photo: Pasquale Campi (CREA)

TerraViva for Sustainable Coffee Landscapes

Living Labs

TerraViva for Sustainable Coffee Landscapes

This Living Lab uses a participatory, asset-based methodology to engage with community representatives and identify assets that a coffee-producing community in a post-conflict region could leverage to develop nature-based solutions that enhance ecosystem services and foster sustainable livelihoods.

Project launch: 2021
Location: Gaitania, Planadas Municipality, Tolima Department, Colombia
Objectives: Creating a long-term development vision built from the perspective of local stakeholders, leading to collective solutions to meet production and environmental goals; A landscape governance model providing a holistic view of landscape sustainability, supported by credible data for decision making.
Key activities: Comprehensive situational analysis on social, economic, and environmental opportunities / construction of a Common Territorial Agenda with a multi-stakeholder platform
Main species planted: Arabica coffee (Coffea arabica), Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris), Granadilla (Passiflora ligularis)
Partners: Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN), Global Centre on Biodiversity for Climate (GCBC) -Defra/UK, Fundación Natura Colombia, Alliance Bioversity International-CIAT, Inter American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, Circular Bioeconomy Alliance


Gaitania, a coffee-growing community located 40 km southwest of the remote Planadas, Tolima, is well recognized by the specialty coffee industry for producing citric and complex coffee. Farming communities in this area are intertwined with their landscape through their livelihoods, history, and social identity.

This close relationship can be both an advantage and a hindrance for local producers to recognize the assets they have that can be leveraged to build an even stronger community and a more resilient and productive landscape.


  • Action on the ground
    The research conducted in this Living Lab aimed to understand the landscape and the interactions among its stakeholders, building a Common Territorial Agenda that captures their long-term vision of sustainability for the territory.
  • Analysing the situation
    A series of workshops based on the Community Capitals Framework sought to understand the community’s assets and how they can be leveraged to support ecosystem services and livelihoods improvements. A coffee value chain mapping exercise and a bio-based business market analysis were conducted, as well as a GIS mapping and climatic analysis to understand current and historic land uses in Gaitania and a gender analysis.
  • Creating a Common Territorial Agenda
    Based on the situational analysis, members of the four villages provided their insights and proposed solutions in small-group, thematic dialogue exercises, as well as a participatory plenary dialogue. Project partners translated all 150 insights and solutions provided by the community into 31 actionable strategies, which were then presented in a Multistakeholder Forum with key representatives from the four villages. They then validated and prioritized the strategies, transforming them into a Common Territorial Agenda.
  • A community blueprint
    The Common Territorial Agenda incorporates initiatives such as:
    * training for project formulation and management
    * clean and efficient production and processing of coffee and byproducts
    * local bio factories, greenhouses, innovation incubators and reforestation initiatives
    * payment for ecosystem services and soil conservation
    * psychosocial support to prevent family violence
    * leadership and citizen peace schools
    * improving local roads to enhance market access

    This provides a blueprint agreed upon by the community to begin seeking alliances and funding, and organizing itself, to implement the initiatives in a logical way that ensures continuous growth and a path towards a sustainable landscape.

Expected impacts

The project directly contributes to the achievement of 15 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, which provide a roadmap to a better and more sustainable future.

CBA welcomes two new members

This news item relates to the EFI-led initiative which ran from 2020 to September 2023

The Circular Bioeconomy Alliance is delighted to announce that two new organisations have joined its work to place nature and people at the heart of a global circular bioeconomy.

GSK is a global biopharma company with a purpose to unite science, technology and talent to get ahead of disease together. It is committed to a net zero, nature positive, healthier planet with ambitious goals set for 2030 and 2045. GSK is investing in high quality nature protection and restoration projects that support its climate and nature goals, and deliver co-benefits to human health.  

Earthbanc is a tech enabled nature based carbon project developer on a mission to accelerate landscape regeneration and carbon sequestration at scale to avoid runaway climate change. The company has a partnership with the UNCCD to leverage Earthbanc’s MRV App and sustainable finance products to support the restoration of 2.5 billion hectares of land by 2030. Earthbanc is a top innovator in the 1 Trillion Trees platform and a winner of the Mastercard Lighthouse FINITIV program.

CBA Chair Marc Palahí said: “The two new members of CBA, GSK and Earthbanc, represent very well the cross-sectoral ambitions of our Alliance and the vision we have for our world: a healthy world that prospers in harmony with Nature.”

GSK Partnerships & Strategy Director Adele Cheli said: “Investing in nature protection and restoration projects is an important step for our climate and nature goals, as well as positively impacting human health. We are delighted to join CBA, a network of likeminded organisations working to address shared challenges.”

Earthbanc CEO Tom Duncan said: “We are joining CBA today, to massively scale up our nature based carbon and circular bioeconomy projects in partnership with farmers and innovative business leaders. Mobilising private sector commitments and funding is essential to help humanity and nature to thrive in harmony and abundance, now and for future generations.”

The Circular Bioeconomy Alliance was established in 2020 by His Majesty King Charles III (formerly His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales).

CBA activities include its global network of Living Labs for Nature, People and Planet, which are the start of a journey towards sustainable and resilient communities and landscapes. The Living Labs use nature-based landscape restoration projects as the starting point to catalyse the development of circular bioeconomy value chains while restoring biodiversity, mitigating and adapting to climate change and enhancing local livelihoods.

More information

The Alliance is facilitated by a Secretariat hosted by the European Forest Institute.

For more information please contact: Yitagesu Tekle, CBA Coordinator (firstname.lastname @

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Amazon Indigenous people recognize King’s visionary leadership in pre-coronation event

This news item relates to the EFI-led initiative which ran from 2020 to September 2023

On 4 May a special event took place in Buckingham Palace as part of the Coronation celebrations. Indigenous Elder Uyunkar Domingo Peas and Ms. Atossa Soltani, representing the Amazon Sacred Headwaters Initiative, an alliance of 30 indigenous nations from the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazon presented HM King Charles III with a feathered crown in recognition of The King´s visionary leadership and commitment to rainforest protection and to restoring harmony between humanity and nature.

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The Indigenous leader emphasized that the coronation was not only a significant ceremony for the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth but also a crucial moment for the future of Mother Earth and especially the Amazon given the King’s vision for a sustainable world that works for the benefit of all people, nature and the planet. The representatives from the Amazon Sacred Headwaters also thanked HM for the support provided to the Indigenous nations of the Amazon by the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance, founded by The King (when The Prince of Wales) and chaired by Marc Palahí, who was also present in the event.

The Circular Bioeconomy Alliance (CBA) and the Sacred Headwaters Initiative have been working together to preserve one of the richest regions in the planet, encompassing a continuous mosaic of 86 million acres of rainforest between the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazon which are home to 600,000 people from more than 30 indigenous nationalities.

As result of this collaboration, a Living Laboratory has been developed by the indigenous communities to accelerate landscape restoration while creating new forest-based value chains around cocoa, vanilla, medicinal plants and even eco-tourism, financing regenerative landscapes while preserving ancient traditions. The Living Lab also supports a new school for young indigenous leaders, to build new capacities to scale up restoration work and bio-based business models.

More information

Contact: Marc Palahi,

CBA welcomes new Scientific Advisory Board member

This news item relates to the EFI-led initiative which ran from 2020 to September 2023

The Circular Bioeconomy Alliance is pleased to announce that Professor Hartmut Vogtmann has joined its Scientific Advisory Board (SAB).

Professor Vogtmann has had a long and distinguished career in research in the areas of animal nutrition, organic agriculture, food quality, sustainable resource management and the value of biodiversity and ecosystem services. He is currently chair of the project ‘Working together for a healthy soil” with the largest German nature and environment conservation NGO, NABU, and Honorary President of the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM).

He is the former president of the umbrella NGO “German League for Nature and Environment” (DNR), the Foundation for the Conservation of the European Natural Heritage “Euronatur”, and the German “Federal Agency for Nature Conservation” in Bonn, as well as the former CEO of the Hesse State Office for “Regional Development and Agriculture”, and the founder director of the “Swiss Research Institute for Organic Farming” (FIBL).

Professor Vogtmann was appointed as a professor for agriculture at the University of Kassel, holding the first chair for Organic Farming in Germany (and certainly European wide) from 1981 – 1994. During this time he saw the ‘circular economy’ as a key factor in environmental protection.

The Scientific Advisory Board provides scientific advice on CBA principles, strategic plans and activities. The SAB is chaired by Professor Bart Muys, and currently has five members.

The CBA warmly thanks previous SAB member Professor Demel Teketay Fanta for his contribution during his time in office.

Pilot phase of one of the biggest community landscape restoration projects in Rwanda launched

This news item relates to the EFI-led initiative which ran from 2020 to September 2023

Thursday, March 23, 2023 marked the launch of the “Building resilience to climate change and sustainable agriculture value chains in agro-systems around Mukura Forest and Lake Kivu Catchment Landscape”, known as “MuLaKiLa project” in Rwanda. This partnership between multiple actors aims to implement and finance the transition to sustainable land use in the Western province of Rwanda. The project’s overall target is to restore an estimated area of 15,000 ha of land in the Rutsiro and Ngororero districts by planting over 4.5 million trees that will, in the end, benefit more than 30,000 farming households.

Land and forest degradation are major environmental and social issues in the northwestern part of Rwanda: increasing population pressure leads to high dependence on traditional agriculture and deforestation to access forest resources. The negative impacts, strongly exacerbated by climate change, are now causing massive land erosion, affecting the water and biodiversity of the whole region/landscape. 


The project will be implemented by the Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) in collaboration with the Government of Rwanda and in partnership with Reforest’Action, an ecosystem restoration company, to co-design, monitor and assess the long-term impacts of this landscape restoration initiative. The MuLaKiLa project is developed within the framework of the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance (CBA), and the project design and implementation follow CBA principles. To make this large-scale project happen as of now, seed funding has been secured from AstraZeneca, a CBA member, which is the single investor. 

The strong integrated approach promoted by ARCOS, and fully embraced by all partners, involves the long-term mobilization of local farmer communities and the commitment of local and national authorities.

The main objective of the project, starting in March 2023, is restoring the ecological functionality of the Mukura Forest-Lake Kivu Catchment Landscape through the development of agroforestry systems and the improvement of communities’ livelihood.

Creation of sustainable value chains through agroforestry 

The promotion of sustainable tea and coffee value chains is the core aspect of the project. To do so, a mixture of fruit trees – including avocado and coffee trees – indigenous and fast-growing trees will be planted in agroforestry within the coffee and tea crops of smallholder farmers.

The project’s activities will also include a training program, in order to  introduce all participants to agricultural methods that shift agricultural practices toward sustainable land use.

Enhancement of the beneficiaries’ socio-economic conditions

Through the sustainable production of tea and coffee, the project intends to enhance the community’s resilience to climate change, while allowing the population to generate a durable income and improve their food security. The active participation of farmers in the entire process will be ensured by the engagement and empowerment of a community groups network called the “Friends of Nature Association (FNAs)” and the establishment of 16 community tree nurseries.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Reforest’Action and ARCOS was signed to enable the project to be converted into a carbon project. Hence, the feasibility study was launched in December 2022. Partners are now moving forward step by step to certify the project by an international standard, which will allow its scale-up after this first year of implementation. Once this step is completed, Reforest’Action will become the project proponent and will thus have responsibility for the project.

“The CBA Living Lab that we are launching in Rwanda is another example of how restoring landscapes can catalyse the creation of sustainable markets that are both nature- and people-positive,” said Marc Palahí, Chair of the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance.

“Our commitment to Africa extends beyond our medicines and health access programmes. We recognise that a healthy environment is deeply connected to the health of people, society, and the planet. Through seed funding for the CBA MuLaKiLa community landscape restoration project in Rwanda, we are firmly committed to supporting a healthy environment and improving socioeconomic development and livelihoods for Rwandans. I am excited to see how the MuLaKiLa project progresses,” Gagan Singh, AstraZeneca Country President for African Cluster (SA, SSA, FSA).

“We are delighted to be partnering with major players to bring this important project to life in Rwanda. The MuLaKiLa project, one of the largest restoration projects in Rwanda, will help address environmental and socio-economic issues. Reforest’Action is fully committed to the long-term success of this project”, Stéphane Hallaire, President and Founder of Reforest’Action.

 “The Gishwati-Mukura and Lake Kivu catchment is part of the Albertine Rift Hotspot and the Eastern Afromontane Ecoregion, one of the global biodiversity hotspots. Though, the region has been a subject to social, economic, and ecological challenges as a result of climate change and an increasing demography. It is in this context that we anticipate the project to restore the ecological functionality of the region and improve its community’s livelihoods”. Dr Sam Kanyamibwa, ARCOS Founder & CEO.

More information

The Circular Bioeconomy Alliance was established in 2020 by His Majesty King Charles III (formerly His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales). It provides knowledge-informed support as well as a learning and networking platform to connect the dots between investors, companies, governmental and non-governmental organizations and local communities to advance the circular bioeconomy while restoring biodiversity globally. The European Forest Institute hosts the Secretariat of the Alliance.

The Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) is a regional conservation organization that aims at enhancing biodiversity conservation and sustainable management of natural resources in the Albertine Rift region, Africa Great Lakes region and African Mountains through the promotion of collaborative conservation action for nature and people.

Reforest’Action is a B Corp certified company whose mission is to preserve, restore and create (agro)forestry ecosystems around the world to help address climate change and biodiversity loss. To achieve this, Reforest’Action supports and develops projects that generate ecosystem services that are monitored and assessed over time. Since its inception in 2010, Reforest’Action has implemented more than 1,440 projects in 43 countries, mainly through funding from over 3,000 companies. As a fast-growing company, Reforest’Action aims to restore and regenerate 1 million hectares of (agro)forestry ecosystems by 2030, thereby contributing to the global forestry goals. By providing nature-based solutions that meet the objectives of corporate model transformation, consistent with their carbon strategies, Reforest’Action aims to contribute to the transition to a regenerative economy.

AstraZeneca is a global, science-led biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development, and commercialisation of prescription medicines, primarily for the treatment of diseases in three therapy areas – Oncology, Cardiovascular, Renal & Metabolism, and Respiratory & Immunology. Based in Cambridge, UK, AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide. AstraZeneca supports the principles of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and shares their 2050 vision of ‘Living in Harmony with Nature.’ The AZ Forest initiative is AstraZeneca’s global initiative to plant and maintain 50 million trees by the end of 2025, working with communities to maximise the co-benefits reforestation can bring to the local context. Please visit and follow the Company on LinkedIn @AstraZeneca (

Forest bioeconomy discussed at high-level summit

This news item relates to the EFI-led initiative which ran from 2020 to September 2023

CBA Chair Marc Palahí spoke about Developing a sustainable forest bioeconomy that works for forests and people to an audience of Heads of State and Ministers at the One Forest Summit, which took place in Gabon on March 2.

He focused on why the emerging forest bioeconomy offers unprecedented opportunities to decarbonise our economy while creating economic and social value to ensure the sustainability of forest ecosystems.

Forest resources, if managed sustainably, are renewable and circular by nature. With emerging science and technology, wood can be transformed into a new range of biobased solutions that can replace and environmentally outperform fossil products from industrial sectors which are hard to decarbonize. These include wood engineering products that can replace concrete and steel, wood-based textiles and advanced materials such as nanocellulose.

President Emmanuel Macron of France and President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon investigating a wood-based t-shirt

The EU hosts 4% of the world´s forests but the European forest sector is responsible for 40% of the global forest products export value. Africa as a continent harvests 54% more wood than the EU but the forest products export value is 16 times lower – 90% of the wood harvested is used for low efficient energy such as cooking and heating, and exports take the form of logs. This does not create the right incentives to avoid degradation and deforestation. “Using half of the wood for producing wood-based textiles we could replace all the polyester we are currently using. That would have both great climate and economic benefits”, Marc explained.

The One Forest Summit in Libreville was announced during COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, by President Emmanuel Macron of France and President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon. It brought together Heads of State and Ministers from three continents to move forward on climate action and the preservation of biodiversity, by promoting solidarity between the three major forest basins on a global scale: the Amazon forest, the Congo basin and the tropical forests of South East Asia.

More information

One Forest Summit:

Palahí, M. et al. 2020. Investing in Nature as the true engine of our economy: A 10-point Action Plan for a Circular Bioeconomy of Wellbeing. Knowledge to Action 02, European Forest Institute.

Hetemäki, L., Palahí, M. and Nasi, R. 2020. Seeing the wood in the forests. Knowledge to Action 1, European Forest Institute.

CBA at royal biodiversity reception

This news item relates to the EFI-led initiative which ran from 2020 to September 2023

Members of the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance were honoured to attend a reception at Buckingham Palace on 17 February, hosted by His Majesty The King.

The reception brought together environment ministers, business leaders and indigenous representatives in support of action on global biodiversity. The event offered the opportunity to discuss the practical delivery of the Global Biodiversity Framework, which consists of four overarching goals to protect nature and aims to address biodiversity loss and restore ecosystems.

Progress on three Living Labs in the Himalayas, the Amazon and Rwanda was shared with the King, who met a number of CBA members, including Lombard Odier, Palladium Group, ZSL, Reforest’Action, ARCOS Network and Fundación Pachamama, as well as SMI Fashion Task Force members with whom the CBA collaborates. The King was given a colourful necklace by the CBA Amazon Living Lab leader, Domingo Peas.

More information and further reporting

The Times: Biodiversity is King at Buckingham Palace reception

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Two new members join the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance

This news item relates to the EFI-led initiative which ran from 2020 to September 2023

The Circular Bioeconomy Alliance is pleased to announce that two new organisations have joined its work to place nature and people at the heart of a global circular bioeconomy.

The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international non-governmental organization with the vision of enabling a world where wildlife thrives. ZSL delivers innovative conservation in the UK and around the world, driven by science and supported by its zoos. They provide scientific expertise on monitoring habitat change at scale, human wildlife co-existence, wildlife health and species recovery.

Palladium is a global impact firm operating in over 90 countries. Palladium works with governments, businesses, and investors to solve the world’s most pressing challenges, including tackling the climate crisis through projects that invest in forests and sustainable land use, facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogue, and reimagine value chains on behalf of their clients.

CBA Chair Marc Palahi said:

“The CBA was established in 2020 by His Majesty King Charles III (formerly His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales) to connect the dots between investors, companies, scientists and local communities to advance the circular bioeconomy while restoring landscapes globally. I welcome the two new members, who will advance science-based action on the ground.”

ZSL Director General Matthew Gould said:

ZSL is excited about joining the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance. We are committed to building a world in which wildlife can thrive alongside people. So we are absolutely aligned with the Alliance’s vision.  We are looking forward to working with the Alliance and its members to drive sustainable and nature-positive business.”

Palladium CEO Christopher Hirst said:

“Joining the CBA gives Palladium the opportunity to bring our experience to this global alliance. The most prominent multinationals and advanced investors want to support business models that protect and restore nature, and we’re proud to be able to continue this work alongside the CBA’s impressive and growing network.”

Circular Bioeconomy Alliance activities include its global network of Living Labs for Nature, People and Planet, which are the start of a journey towards sustainable and resilient communities and landscapes. The Living Labs use nature-based landscape restoration projects as the starting point to catalyse the development of circular bioeconomy value chains while restoring biodiversity, mitigating and adapting to climate change and enhancing local livelihoods.

More information

The Alliance is facilitated by a Secretariat hosted by the European Forest Institute.

For more information please contact: Yitagesu Tekle, CBA Coordinator (firstname.lastname @

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