Project Summary

What is the need for the project?
Coppice systems in hedgerows, hollow paths and treelines are actually undermanaged due to high management costs. This leads to loss in biodiversity and cultural-historical value, to safety risks and to conflicts between different landscape users. When managed, the biomass is sometimes dumped or burned on the spot. However, restoring historical management systems such as coppicing creates a win-win : it turns woody biomass from waste into a renewable energy source to be processsed in highly efficient furnaces in low-energy community buildings.
Objective of the project:
To facilitate sustainable use of locally-grown woody biomass from landscape management as a source of renewable energy for low-energy buildings through supporting management, harvesting and processing by local farmers.
Why do you need transnational cooperation?
The project wants to build on experience from different regions in Northwest Europe, with different resource policies, different traditions in landscape management and different actors and natural resource management systems. By cooperating, we can build on the strengths and learn from the failures and weaknesses experienced by a broad set of partners. 
What kind of partners are you looking for?
Municipalities, farmers cooperatives, private landscape contractors, waste management industry, land owners, natural resource managers, consultants, arborists, ….


Lead partner

Organisation Email
BOS+ Vlaanderen vzw rik.devreese@bosplus.be

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