Project - Forest Bioenergy in the Protected Mediterranean Areas

Description


Description (EN): ForBioEnergy is an innovative and ambitious project because it bets on the sustainable development of the rural areas using the forest biomass of the protected areas as driving force. Most of the forest areas are included in the protected areas, so, they represent a great opportunity for the production of sustainable energy from biomass. But the current regulatory restrictions as well as the lack of appropriate plans impede and slow down the forest biomass exploitation. And this is exactly the overall objective of the project: fostering the bio-energy production in the protected areas providing transnational solutions for reducing barriers that hinder the development of the sector and planning models in order to exploit the full potential of biomass and at the same time to preserve the biodiversity of the natural areas. This objective will be achieved through the definition of: - An Action Plan for shaping new regulatory framework and permit route aimed at removing technical and administrative barriers that hinder the energy use of biomass. - A multi-level planning process: regional, local and operating. - A set of sustainability requirements and quality standards of forest biomass. Project activities will be implemented through a transnational process for highlighting the most significant gaps as well as the best practices. Furthermore key actors (who propose/change norms, regulations and plans, and who deal with bioenergy and biodiversity issues) will be actively involved.
Description: ForBioEnergy est un projet novateur et ambitieux car il mise sur le développement durable des zones rurales en utilisant comme moteur la biomasse des forêts des zones protégées. La plupart des forêts se trouve dans les zones protégées et représente donc une excellente occasion de produire de l'énergie durable à partir de la biomasse. Toutefois les restrictions réglementaires actuelles ainsi que l'absence de plans appropriés entravent l'exploitation de la biomasse forestière. Et c'est bien là l'objectif principal du projet: promouvoir la production de bioénergie dans les zones protégées grâce à des solutions transnationales réduisant les barrières qui freinent le développement du secteur et grâce à des modèles de planification permettant de pleinement exploiter le potentiel de biomasse tout en préservant la biodiversité. Pour atteindre cet objectif il faut: - Un Plan d'Action pour élaborer un nouveau cadre réglementaire et un itinéraire d'acquisition des permis visant à éliminer les obstacles techniques et administratifs. - Un processus de planification à multi-niveaux. - Une palette de critères de durabilité et de normes de qualité de la biomasse forestière. Les activités du projet seront mises en œuvre par un processus transnational mettant l'accent à la fois sur les lacunes et sur les meilleures pratiques. En outre les acteurs clés -qui proposent/modifient les normes, règlements et plans et traitent des problèmes de bioénergie et de biodiversité- seront activement impliqués.
Expected Results (EN): 1 Planning of sustainable use of biomass for energy purpose in the protected areas : ForBioEnergy will define methodologies for drawing up of Forest Biomass Plans aimed at the bio-energy production in the protected areas. The drawing up of new planning tools, will allow to overcome the current lack of forest biomass plans as well as to orient the existing plans, currently oriented to the passive conservation of the existing forest ecosystems, to the exploitation of forest biomass for energy purpose. For this aim, Decision Support Systems will be elaborated and tested in order to guide the competent public authorities in the choice of the better solutions for ensuring the increase of the biomass production in according with the sustainability objectives established for protected areas. GIS applications will be used for implementing the planning activities and in particular for identifying, in the protected areas, the "biomass districts". "Biomass districts" will be delimited in each studied area on the basis of criteria that take into account the energy demand, the forest resources available, the existing infrastructures (roads and energy networks) and the suitable areas for the biomass storage. The identification of the "biomass districts" will be functional to the realization of forest-wood-energy chains compatible with the environmental protection principles and the sustainable socio-economic development of local populations, in the context of regional large areas energy planning.1 Planning of sustainable use of biomass for energy purpose in the protected areas : ForBioEnergy will define methodologies for drawing up of Forest Biomass Plans aimed at the bio-energy production in the protected areas. The drawing up of new planning tools, will allow to overcome the current lack of forest biomass plans as well as to orient the existing plans, currently oriented to the passive conservation of the existing forest ecosystems, to the exploitation of forest biomass for energy purpose. For this aim, Decision Support Systems will be elaborated and tested in order to guide the competent public authorities in the choice of the better solutions for ensuring the increase of the biomass production in according with the sustainability objectives established for protected areas. GIS applications will be used for implementing the planning activities and in particular for identifying, in the protected areas, the "biomass districts". "Biomass districts" will be delimited in each studied area on the basis of criteria that take into account the energy demand, the forest resources available, the existing infrastructures (roads and energy networks) and the suitable areas for the biomass storage. The identification of the "biomass districts" will be functional to the realization of forest-wood-energy chains compatible with the environmental protection principles and the sustainable socio-economic development of local populations, in the context of regional large areas energy planning.2 Identification of threats and benefits derived from the increase of the biomass use in the protected areas : ForBioEnergy will define a methodology for evaluating threats and benefits deriving from biomass harvesting and extraction. For this purpose, a set of specific indicators will be defined with the aim to evaluate the positive and negative impacts that the forestry operations could have both on the biotic and abiotic components, in the short, medium and long period. In particular the impacts on the superficial layer of soil, on water, on biodiversity, on landscape, on forest ecosystems functioning, on the structural stability of residual stands and on fire risks, will be analyzed. Particular importance will be given to the evaluation of the benefits on ecosystem services and in particular on the carbon sequestration balance (its potential for reducing greenhouse gases) and on the resilience of the forest ecosystems to climate change. Finally a set of specific indicators will be defined with the aim to evaluate also the socio-economic impacts (ie. more secure energy supply, new jobs opportunities, increase in income, recreational aspects, etc..). The assessment of risks and benefits will contribute to highlight the several positive effects that the biomass exploitation can produce on the social and economic context, increasing the "social acceptance" at socio-politic and institutional level and fostering the start up of policies oriented to the biomass exploitation for energy purpose.3 Action Plan for a new regulatory framework and permit route concerning biomass use in the protected areas : ForBioEnergy will support the Public Authorities in the overcoming/mitigation of the administrative barriers that impede and slow down the production of biomass in the protected areas. For this purpose, the most frequently encountered administrative barriers to the production of biomass will be identified. In the involvement of these barriers the key actors (public authorities competent to propose or change norms, regulations and plans and all those who deal with bioenergy and biodiversity issue: management bodies of the protected areas, energy agencies, environmental associations, energy and forest enterprises etc.) will be involved through "Technical Panels" establish at the early stage of the project. The identification of the barriers will be useful for drawing up an Action Plan aimed at the setting up of a new regulatory framework and permit route concerning biomass use in the protected areas. This plan will contain recommendations and suggestions for changing the current regulatory and simplifying the permit route for forest-based bioenergy projects, in order to reduce the time for the necessary permits and improve the coordination between the different involved authorities . The new regulatory framework and permit route will be defined in accordance with the sustainability principles established for protected areas.4 Planning of sustainable forest-wood-energy supply chain in the protected areas : Forbioenergy will define the criteria for planning sustainable forest-wood-energy supply chains. Criteria will be identified in relation to the main success factors registered in the analysis of best practices in the field of exploitation of the forest biomass for energy purpose. Low environmental impact work systems (cutting, logging) for the production of forest biomass, sustainable management models of forest-wood-energy supply chains, more appropriate sites for the storage of biomass and the location of processing power plant, the power plants with technical characteristics appropriate to ensure the environmental sustainability of the biomass transformation will be identified. Furthermore a traceability system and quality standards for biomass will be defined in order to ensure the respect of the sustainability criteria necessary to the development of the biomass chain in the protected areas.5 Strengthening knowledge and competencies in energy production from biomass in protected areas : ForBioEnergy will contribute to strengthen the knowledge and competences of the key actors in energy planning of forest biomass from the protected areas. In each study area a "Technical Panel" will be established of local key actors (policy and decision-makers, management bodies of the protected areas, energy agencies, energy, forest enterprises, etc and training courses addressed to policy/decision-makers and technicians will be organised. The transferring activities as well as the communication ones will contribute to spread the know how and results gained during the project implementation not only to the local level but also to regional and national level, in order to favouring high levels of replicability all over the MED programme cooperation space.
Expected Outputs (EN): Action plan for a new regulatory framework and permit route concerning biomass use in the protected areas,Plan of biomass-based energy production at sub-regional level in the protected areas,Energy oriented Forest Plan of the biomass district in the protected areas,Plans of sustainable forest-wood-energy supply chain in the protected areas,Ensuring knowledge transferring and increasing capacity building

Thematic Information


Thematics: Renewable energy  Sustainable management of natural resources  
Specific Objective: To increase the share of renewable local energy sources in energy mix strategies and plans in specific MED territories
Thematic Objective: (4) supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors by:
Investment Priority: (4e) promoting low-carbon strategies for all types of territories, in particular for urban areas, including the promotion of sustainable multimodal urban mobility and mitigation-relevant adaptation measures


Project Summary


Project name (EN): Forest Bioenergy in the Protected Mediterranean Areas
Project name: Bioénergie forestière dans les zones protégées de la Méditerranée
Project acronym: ForBioEnergy

Period: 2014-2020
Date of latest update: 2019-05-23

Web: https://interreg-med.eu/

Project start date: 2016-11-01
Project end date: 2019-04-30
Project status: Closed

Total budget/expenditure: EUR 2.048.847,48
European Union funding: EUR 1.741.520,36

ERDF budget: EUR 1.741.520,36

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Lead Partner (EN): Sicily Region - Councillorship for Agriculture, Rural Development and Mediterranean Fishing - Regional Department for the Rural and Territorial Development
Lead Partner: Région Sisile - Councillorship for Agriculture, Rural Development and Mediterranean Fishing - Regional Department for the Rural and Territorial Development
Address: Viale Regione Siciliana 4600, Palermo, Italy
Legal status: public

Address: Corso Paolo Agliata 50, Petralia Sottana, Italy
Legal status: public
Address: Via Cluverio 10, Palermo, Italy
Legal status: private
Address: Kaniža Gospićka 4b, Gospić, Croatia
Legal status: public
Department: Department for Agriculture
Address: Božidara Petranovića, 8, Zadar, Croatia
Legal status: public
Department: Project Management Department
Address: Calle Poeta Querol, 15,, Valencia, Spain
Legal status: public
Department: Forestry Department
Address: Plaza Manuel Tolsá, s/n, Enguera, Spain
Legal status: public
Address: Prečna ulica 1, Pivka, Slovenia
Legal status: public
Department: Department for Forest Techniques and Economics
Address: Večna pot 2, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Legal status: public

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