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This chapter focuses on four key issues: • Understanding the opportunities and threats biofuels pose to biodiversity. • Understanding how impacts can be predicted and modelled as a component of multi-criteria decisions surrounding strategic decision making on whether to undertake a biofuels programme or not. • Operational planning at the biofuel plantation level to minimise negative biodiversity impacts. • Minimising the risk of invasive alien species (IAS) resulting from biofuel production. Most of this chapter is focussed on the impact of feedstock plantations for liquid biofuels. However, the same techniques can usually be applied to feedstock for other types of bioenergy. This is illustrated in some of the provided examples.



Book title

Assessing the Sustainability of Bioenergy Projects in Developing Countries


University of Newcastle

Publication Date



81 - 118