Place: Croatian Chamber of Economy
Within the project "Forest Bioenergy in the Protected Mediterranean Region - ForBioEnergy" Zadar County, in cooperation with the Nature Park Velebit on January 12, 2018, in the premises of the Croatian Chamber of Economy first training for transferring of past and current know-how was held. This is the first of six foreseen trainings within the ForBioEnergy project. The purpose of training was to effectively use the available knowledge, both within and outside the project. Trainings targeted key target groups which include: policy makers, public authorities, security management bodies, energy agencies, environmental protection associations, energy and forest companies, technicians and professional associations dealing with bioenergy and biodiversity issues.
After each lecture, there was an active discussion that concluded that forest biomass as a renewable energy source should be promoted in bioenergy production, with special emphasis being placed on the construction of thermal energy plants from forest biomass that could be used by public institutions such as for example, schools. At the same time, it is necessary through sustainable development to ensure the entire process of obtaining bioenergy from forest biomass in protected areas and it should be ensured, improved and accelerated, without jeopardizing biodiversity and other forest functions. It is of utmost importance to identify obstacles and benefits for the construction of logistics centers, to ensure the integration of all relevant stakeholders and to encourage the local population to use forest biomass not only for heating households but also in the creation of new products (souvenirs, toys for children and cosmetics). Biomass energy is considered the energy of the future. It is estimated that in 2040 renewable energy sources will provide 80% of the world's total energy production.