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combined with the real potential for significant reductions in environmental impacts.

  • Protect the Resource Base. Maintenance of soil productivity, water quality, and myriad other ecosystem services is essential. The establishment of national and international environmental sustainability principles and certification is important for protecting resources as well as maintaining public trust in the merits of biofuels.

  • Facilitate Sustainable International Biofuel Trade. The geographical disparity in production potential and demand for biofuels will necessitate the reduction in barriers to biofuel trade. Freer movement of biofuels around the world should be coupled with social and environmental standards and a credible system to certify compliance.

  • Distribute Benefits Equitably. This is necessary in order to gain the potential development benefits of biofuels. Enabling farmers to share ownership throughout the production chain is central to this objective.

These recommendations are further elaborated in the following section, which is an excerpt of the Recommendations (Chapter 21) of the full report.

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