Bioenergy

Lac-Saint-Jean Model Forest, Canada

Bioenergy and biofuels are an emerging interest globally and a number of Model Forests are examining the issue. Bioenergy represents energy from the sun that is captured and stored in plant and animal matter, also known as biomass. Biomass can be collected and converted into various forms of energy, including electricity and heat.

The production of biofuels from bioenergy presents an attractive alternative to meeting constantly increasing global energy demands; and one that is renewable and replenishable—unlike fossil fuels. But global interest in bioenergy has also led to concern about the effect of land-use change on biodiversity, food supply, soil and water.

With an emphasis on sustainable development, Model Forests could be well placed to act as a testing ground where the demand for bioenergy as an alternative economic and ecological option for forest-based communities is balanced against social, environmental and cultural issues that may arise.

Please go to the Activities Database to see the Model Forests working on this theme.