When & where
SELECTED STUDY AREAS
Four Mediterranean countries:
Italy, Spain, Slovenia and Croatia
Out of 30 Months of project duration
Partner countries are in different stages of renewable energy production, but all have in common a big wood biomass potential within protected areas.
The environmental legislation is protecting biodiversity and natural habitats, and it is necessary to coordinate it with energy demands and forest management on international level to reach full potential in producing energy from forest biomass.
Needless to say, it is highly important to preserve the current state of nature preservation, but also stimulate rural development in a sustainable way.
The key message is to overcome the barriers to develop forest-based bioenergy value chain as pillar of the
bioeconomy at local level, promoting the sustainable and subsidiary forest management as a tool to rural
development in protected areas.
THE MADONIE REGIONAL - NATURAL PARK
The Park of the Madonie extends to about 40.000 ha and includes 15 municipalities.
The Park, that include in its territory 10 sites of the Rete Natura 2000, is one of the most interesting territories in Sicily and in the Mediterranean basin, both for the high level of biological variety and the quality of entities that naturalised there.
THE SEASONAL LAKES OF PIVKA - NATURE PARK
After heavy rainfall, Karst depressions fill with water and intermittent lakes emerge; therefore, they are called seasonal. The Pivka region is covered with 17 seasonal lakes.
THE ŠKOCJAN CAVES - REGIONAL PARK
The narrow protected area: 413 hectars. The central area of the park lies in southwest part of Slovenia, in the Municipallity of Divača.
The Comunitat Valenciana (CV) has 1.296.573,96 ha of Mediterranean forests of which almost 30% are municipal ownership.
AMUFOR represents 35% of the total Public forest in the CV.
Natura 2000 occupies almost 40% of the total Valencian territory (2.325.449 ha).
Currently, there is 40 SPAs (722.970,56 ha) and 92 SCIs (625.744,04 ha). More than 80% of the forests included in the 22 Natural Parks are part of Natura 2000.
Selected pilot stands:
MATURE STANDS - Afforestation; YOUNG STANDS - Natural regeneration after bushfire
NATURE PARK VELEBIT located in Zadar County: Total surface of 35.782,41 ha owned by the state (of which 24.986, 52 ha is covered with forest) and 471,66 ha of privately owned forests.
NATURE PARK TELAŠĆICA Area owned by the state amounts to 147,77 ha and the entire area is uncovered productive land while privately owned forests amounts to 66,63 ha.
NATURE PARK VRANSKO JEZERO located in Zadar County. 1502,39 ha owned by the state and privately owned forests amounts to 6,04 ha.
NATURE PARK VELEBIT located in Lika-Senj County. It represents one of the most impressive phenomena of the Karst in the world. The total surface area covered with forest 114.676 ha.