Bioökonomie 4.0 (Bioeconomy 4.0)

How can a forest manage itself?

Our project aims at initiating a wide social debate on ecological and economical questions of forest management's future. The starting point is the idea of the art project "terra0" that wants a forest to be autonomously self-managed using the blockchain technology.

Through the transition towards a sustainable industrial production and energy supply, the bio-based economy is increasing in importance worldwide. The forestry sector is an essential pillar of bioeconomy. The utilisation of wood doubled over the last 20 year in particular. Although individual economical-ecological questions play a role in political debates over and over, there is practically no relevant social discussion on future questions of a wood-based bioeconomy.

Our research project aims at developing a constructive social debate on the future design of bioeconomy using the example of digitalisation in a wood-based bioeconomy by means of innovative participation formats. The project approaches the topic based on the idea of a forest owning and managing itself by means of technological extensions of the art project "terra0". Based on the blockchain technology, the forest is seen as an entity consisting of trees, in form of a smart contract. An algorithm decides upon the forest management and administration. Through the design of a futuristic vision of a digital, autonomous forest management and the implementation of the public into its design, a wide, stimulating but also controversial discourse shall be initiated concerning the topic of bioeconomy. In innovative participation processes, the public will be held responsible for designing the requirements for this technology now.

The partners of the research project – the FZI Research Center for Information Technology, the Wuppertal Institute, inter3 the Institute for Resource Management, Zebralog as well as the Design Research Lab of the Berlin University of the Arts  – unite excellent expertise in bioeconomy, participation research and experiences, business informatics, innovation management, design and communication. They are supported by an advisory board of further renowned researchers and practitioners.

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