Project name: ForBioEnergy − Forest Bioenergy in the Protected Mediterranean Areas
Client: Zadar County
Period: 11/2016 – 04/2019
Funding: EU, Interreg V – B Mediterranean (MED) Cooperation Programme 2014 – 2020
The overall objective of the project is to encourage bioenergy production in protected areas, offering cross-border solutions to overcoming obstacles hindering the development of the sector and providing planning models to exploit the full potential of biomass and at the same time protect the biodiversity of the natural area. The most important expected result is the increase in forest biomass in protected areas, as well as the increase in energy production from renewable energy sources.
The project leader is Sicily Region. Other partners from Italy are EnviLand and the Municipality of Petralia Sottana, Spain: AMUFOR and the Chamber of Commerce of Valencia, Slovenia: Slovenian Forestry Institute, Regional Development Agency of Zeleni kras and Croatia: Zadar County and Velebit Nature Park with its associated partners Natura Jader and Advisory Services for Agriculture, Rural Development, Fisheries and Forestry. Pilot areas in Croatia are Velebit Nature Park, Vransko Lake and Telašćica.
Oikon is in charge of drafting project documentation within the work package 3 on behalf of Zadar County for the areas of Velebit Nature Park, Vransko Lake and Telašćica:
- Analysis of administrative and technical barriers to biomass production
- Planning of biomass-based energy production
- Threats and benefits of increasing biomass usage
- Forest management with a focus on biomass
- Regulatory framework and obtaining permits regarding the use of biomass
- Planning a Sustainable Forest-Wood-Energy Supply Chain
- Biomass quality requirements that must be met.