WG3: Socio-economic implications of and recommendations for the use of GMTs The task of the WG3 will use data from the other WG1 and WG2 for consideration in socio-economic analyses and in policy directives on the use of forest GMTs in plantations. This includes:
- Evaluation of existing of cost/benefits analyses for entire region and for specific localities
- Socio-economic analyses of the impacts on European society, which will be compared with impacts in USA and other countries.
- Awareness and acceptance of GMTs by the society
- Developments of biosafety standards for GMTs
This analysis will identify the relative impact of the most economic important species (as poplar, eucalypt, etc) on the European market. Particularly tree farms for the pulp and paper industry, in Europe, with a special regard to the competitiveness ability of SMEs will be considered. Some agricultural producers and suppliers may experience incremental or acute benefits while others may experience more substantial differences. A policy comparison to determine what specific phenomena will allow transgenic trees to become economically viable. Furthermore, it could be evaluated the introduction of accession countries into the transgenic market. It can be identified the utility and feasibility of these issues within the current atmosphere and the atmosphere created with the introduction of these accession countries. This will be executed by analyzing the socio-economic benefits and costs for the entire region and for the specific localities.
The information provided will be useful for the National and International organisations who has to deliberate and make decision for the safeguard of the environment and of the society. This will permit to these organisation to make the more correct and adequate policy decision.
1. To make socio-economic/environmental and cost/benefit analyses, e.g. for GMTs used for the pulp and paper and other industries in the Europe.
2. To make a comparison between Europe, USA, China and other countries on regulation and public awareness of GMTs.
3. To report about the concerns or acceptance of the society in different countries concerning the use of GMTs in forestry and plantations
4. To provide information for further environmental impacts assessment to assist EU policy (in collaboration with WG1 and WG2)
5. Through a website, provide science-based information and increase public awareness in the utilization of GMTs in forest plantation and at the same time safeguarding the environment (information forWG4)
6. To use all the information collected to identify particular topics which could be useful to develop research projects (in collaboration with WG1, WG2, WG4)
7. To summarised in a book the knowledge gained as a final output of this Action (joint publication within WGs)