In Italy, the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) reconfirmed the Chairmanship of Italy and Brazil and by endorsing the forthcoming capacity building activities in Latin America. The Partnership welcomed representatives of the ECOWAS participating as special guests and of Denmark and Zimbabwe as new Observers.
The Partnership has launched a bioenergy week to be held in Brasilia on 11-15 March 2013, under the leadership of Brazil. It will consists of short training courses to analyze technical and public policy aspects of bioenergy development followed by field trips to biodiesel and ethanol plants to give the opportunity of sharing bioenergy technology.
A preparatory seminar of this activity group was held in Rome on 15 November 2012 to provide technical, regulatory and policy tools to facilitate the sustainable development of bioenergy. The next round of GBEP meetings will be in in May 2013 in Berlin, kindly hosted by the Government of Germany.