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ALTERNATIVE AGRICULTURAL LAND-USE WITH FAST-GROWING TREES

Objective

The main objective of this project is to develop new land-use systems based on fast growing quality timber production on left-aside agricultural land. Fast growing high quality trees are to be grown either alone ("farm forestry") or in conjunction with other agricultural crops, including pasture ("agroforestry"). These plantations are considered at a farm level, with the aim of maintaining a financial return for farmers and helping them to adapt their production to a reduction in food products. Two important aspects of the present CAP are involved : a reduction of intensive agricultural production and an increase in high quality timber production.

Research concentrates on two main directions :

The first concerns the collection and analysis of data from existing or new farm/agro-forestry sites on aspects concerning choice of tree genotype, tree establishment and plantation management, effects on agricultural production, rearing systems and tree growth and form, and consequences for wood quality.

The second concerns the incorporation of these data into existing or new models in order to predict long-term consequences and their effect at the micro- and macro-economic level.

The main core of this project is situated in France and Great-Britain, where a network of research and experimental sites already exists. Other European countries contribute in order to fill in some gaps in scientific knowledge and to cover a wide climatic range.

The project should result in the prediction of the potential for farm/agro-forestry in a wide range of European situations, with an indication of confidence in that prediction, based on the analysis and interpretation of the experimental data.

Call for proposal

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Coordinator

Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD)
Address

34032 Montpellier
France
 

Participants (14)

ARISTOTELIAN UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI
Greece
Address

54006 Thessaloniki
 
Association Forêt-Cellulose (AFOCEL)
France
Address
Quartier Saillans
Paris
 
Centre National du Machinisme Agricole, du Génie Rural, des Eaux et des Forêts (CEMAGREF)
France
Address
Domaine De Laluas
63200 Riom
 
ESCOLA SUPERIOR AGRARIA DE COIMBRA
Portugal
Address

3000 Bencanta-coimbra
 
ESCOLA SUPERIOR AGRARIA DO INST. POLITECNICO DE BRAGANCA
Portugal
Address
Aptdo 172
5300 Braganca
 
FORESTRY COMMISSION RESEARCH AGENCY
United Kingdom
Address
Northern Research Station
EH25 9SY Roslin-midlothian
 
IBN - DLO
Netherlands
Address
P.o.box 23
6700 AA Wageningen
 
INSTITUT POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT FORESTIER
France
Address
86 Rue De Lisieux
Paris
 
Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research
United Kingdom
Address
Aberystwyth Research Centre Plas Gogerddan
SY23 3EB Aberystwyth
 
Istituto Sperimentale per la Selvicoltura
Italy
Address
Viale Santa Margherita 80
52100 Arezzo
 
MACAULAY LAND USE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
United Kingdom
Address
Craigiebuckler
AB15 8QH Aberdeen
 
Queen's University of Belfast
United Kingdom
Address
Newforge Lane
BT9 5PX Belfast
 
UNIVERSIDADE DE TRAS-OS-MONTES E ALTO DOURO
Portugal
Address
Aptdo 202
5000 Vila Real
 
University Wales - Bangor
United Kingdom
Address
College Road
LL57 2UW Bangor - Gwynedd