The project focuses both on existing plantations of energy crops on MagL and on the establishment of new plantations on MagLs. General guidelines and manuals shall attract and help relevant stakeholders, as well as piloting shall prove the feasibility of SEEMLA results. The first scenario will enable the assessment of good practice and the refinement of current practices, making them more sustainable (environmental, economic, social). The second approach will transfer good practices to underused MagL.
The project focuses on three main objectives: (i) the promotion of re-conversion of MagLs for the production of bioenergy through the direct involvement of farmers and foresters, (ii) the strengthening of local small scale supply chains and (iii) the promotion of plantations of bioenergy plants on MagLs.
Moreover, the expected impacts are: Increasing the production of bioenergy, farmers’ incomes, investments in new technologies and the design of new policy measures. The project team is balanced between scientific and technical partners as well as national and regional organisations. By including partners from South-East, Eastern and Central Europe the knowledge transfer between regions of different climatic and political backgrounds can be established.
The Agency for Renewable Resources e.V. (FNR) is coordinating the project implementation and the team with the partners from Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IFEU, Heidelberg, Germany) and Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU, Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany), Legambiente (LEGABT, Rome, Italy), Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH, Komotini, Greece) and Decentralized Administration of Macedonia and Thrace (DAMT, Thessaloniki, Greece), as well as the Institute of Bioenergy Crops and Sugar Beet of the National Academy of Agrarian Sciences (IBC&SB NAAS, Kiev, Ukraine) and SALIX Energy Ltd. (SALIX, Kiev, Ukraine). This project is funded by the European Union and has a duration of three years from January 2016 till December 2018.
FNR contact person: Diego Piedra Garcia