The CoP DPRU and MLiA teams hosted a workshop on 30th July in Cape Town, to discuss "Fibrous Futures: Resilience & Realism: Analysing the legal and economic complexities of the South African fibrous plant micro-industry".
To determine the economic and legal opportunities and constraints for developing and sustaining a fibrous plant-based industry in South Africa, by discussing:
If and how fibre-rich biomass can be used to remediate degraded mine land to build economic complexity, generate high value-add products, build a competitive fibrous plant micro-industry based, and create employment.
How best to develop this industry within the bounds of South Africa’s current legal framework and economic climate.
How businesspeople have innovated within the constraints they have faced – this could unlock opportunities for business development in the future.