Global Bioenergy Partnership

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Pilot testing of GBEP indicators for sustainable bioenergy in Indonesia and Colombia

The 24 GBEP Sustainability Indicators for Bionergy, designed to measure and monitor the sustainability of bioenergy pathaways, were first tested in Indonesia and Colombia to help decision makers in the countries and improve the tool for future implementations. 


The project aimed to assess and enhance the capacity of developing countries to measure the GBEP indicators and use them to inform bioenergy policymaking, while gaining further knowledge on how to apply the indicators as a tool for sustainable development and how to enhance the practicality of the tool. 


Coordinated by FAO, all data collection operations in both beneficiary countries were carried out by national consultants belonging to recognized local research institutions. Various public sector, private sector, and civil society institutions also participated, as well as research centres, for the collection and exchange of information needed for the success of the project.

The project started by gathering relevant stakeholders and familiarizing them with the indicators and key sustainable bioenergy concepts.
Following an assessment of data availability, human resources, and institutional capacity, methodologies for measuring the indicators were adapted to suit each country's unique circumstances, a data collection strategy was defined and data gaps filled to the extent possible. Baseline values for the indicators were established and training needs identified.

Providing trainings in Colombia and Indonesia was a pivotal part of the project, empowering the countries to measure the indicators periodically after the completion of this initial pilot project.

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