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Bridging effectiveness and sustainability in afforestation / reforestation in a climate change context: new technologies for improving soil features and plant performance

Objective

The aim of SUSTAFFOR (Bridging effectiveness and sustainability in afforestation / reforestation in a climate change context: new technologies for improving soil features and plant performance) is to conceive, produce, develop and on-field validate novel techniques aiming at improving afforestation / reforestation projects from an environmental, technical and economic point of view, as well as to explore the synergies between them.

These novel techniques are:
1. MULCHING TECHNIQUES, aiming at reducing the need for weeding and soil water evaporation:
1.1. A flexible plate based on a mixture of bio-plastics in a matrix of a woven structure of vegetable fibers.
1.2. A mat based on plant proteins and non-woven vegetable fibers.
1.3. Different biodegradable mats made of woven and non-woven textiles based on natural fibers, strengthened with bio-resins.
1.4. A reusable mat built with recycled rubber (worn-out tires and conveyor belts).
2. SOIL CONDITIONERS, aiming at retaining and releasing water available for plants while improving soil structure and fertility. A mix of new generation hydro-absorbent polymers combined with fertilizer and growth precursors.

All of them are built in Europe, made exclusively with local materials mainly coming from waste, and are either 100% biodegradable or re-usable inert material.
SUSTAFFOR Partnership is:
- 4 SMEs producing novel techniques: DTC, La Zeloise, Ecorub (Belgium) and Terracottem International (Spain)
- 2 SMEs specialized on commercialization of reforestation and afforestation techniques: Terrezu (Spain, project coordinator) and Ceres (Poland)
- 4 RTDs with different specializations: Forest Sciences Center of Catalonia (Spain, scientific and technical conception and design of afforestation and reforestation and soil sciences); IC2MP - Environmental and Material Chemistry Institute of Poitiers (France, soil sciences); Belgian Textile Research Centre (Belgium, materials sciences and mechanical tests) and Edma Innova (Spain, electronic and scientific equipment)

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/textiles
  • /social sciences/sociology/demography/fertility
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/soil science
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/proteins
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/fibers

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

CONSORCI CENTRE DE CIENCIA I TECNOLOGIA FORESTAL DE CATALUNYA
Address
Ctra Sant Llorenc De Morunys Km 2
25280 Solsona
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 32 400
Administrative Contact
Denis Boglio (Mr.)

Participants (9)

D.T.C. BVBA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 159 990
Address
Nijverheidslaan 11
8890 Moorslede
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrick Dierickx (Mr.)
LA ZELOISE NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 169 150
Address
Dommekensstraat 8
9240 Zele
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kris Gistelynck (Mr.)
ECORUB BVBA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 165 230
Address
Nijverheidsweg 7A
2310 Rijkevorsel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vincent Helsmoortel (Mr.)
TERRACOTTEM INTERNACIONAL SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 196 785
Address
Ctra Benalup - Medina Cruce Zaho S/n
11190 Benalup - Casas Viejas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Davy Ottevaere (Mr.)
CERES INTERNATIONAL SP ZOO
Poland
EU contribution
€ 125 650
Address
Ul. Polna 29
62310 Pyzdry
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bartłomiej Szalbierz (Mr.)
TERREZU SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 209 454,80
Address
Plaza De La Fuente 1
31176 Riezu
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stef Mussche (Mr.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 7 440
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Patrice Soullie (Mr.)
CENTRE SCIENTIFIQUE & TECHNIQUE DEL'INDUSTRIE TEXTILE BELGE ASBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 10 500
Address
Rue Montoyer 24/2
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Umberto Ravyts (Mr.)
EDMA INNOVA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 10 400
Address
Plaza De La Llibertat 11 Bajos
17100 La Bisbal D Emporda Girona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Josep Maria Lopez (Mr.)