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Second generation of planted hardwood forests in the EU

Objective

The past EU funding programs for the afforestation of agricultural marginal areas promoted many walnut quality hardwood planted forests in southern Europe, which are mostly small to medium-sized and dispersed in the territory. Although southern European countries have intensively invested in research on walnut silviculture and genetics, the owners of small planted forests lack the know-how needed to properly manage their plantations, being a majority of them poorly managed or abandoned. Moreover, the average age of the walnut plantations and their need for thinnings imply that large quantities of small-diameter trees will be produced in the years to come. However, small-dimensioned European walnut logs are not demanded by wood industry because of the higher transformation costs and because of the competition of the American walnut.
WOODNat, focused on the whole walnut hardwood-chain, aims at increasing the use of quality walnut hardwood produced under sustainable management practices in planted forests of southern Europe, which implies adding value to the whole chain of the walnut hardwood market, involving the different stakeholders of the market. To help this approach, WOODNat will benefit from biotechnology, robotics, and the development of a mobile app. Thanks to WOODNat, walnut plant nurseries will improve characteristics of walnut plants in order to reach a higher standard in the market while increasing nursery productivity, and will keep after-sale contact with plantation managers to get feedback of the success of the walnut plants. A whole package of environmentally sustainable management practices, including sustainable innovative approaches to degrade by-products, will be implemented in walnut planted forests, not only in new plantations but also in many now abandoned or poorly-managed exploitations. Such package of good practices will increase not only productivity, but also multifunctionality of walnut plantations

Call for proposal

H2020-BB-2016-1
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Coordinator

SEISTAG INNOVACION SL
Address
Rua Do Rueiro 17 Bajo, Bertamirans
15220 Ames
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 290 122,88

Participants (8)

INDUSTRIAL PLANTS OOD
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 134 085
Address
Ul Tzar Osvoboditel N 40 Industrialna Zona
6100 Kazanlak
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ECM INGENIERIA AMBIENTAL SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 224 481,25
Address
C/curtidores 17
34004 Palencia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
WAF ESTRUCTURAS DIGITALES SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 231 630
Address
Calle Breton De Los Herreros 1
26500 Calahorra
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LOSAN ROMANIA SRL
Romania
EU contribution
€ 282 625
Address
Ioan Clopotel Nr 14
500450 Brasov
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ASIMOV EFFICIENCY SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 183 120
Address
Avda Maestro Manuel Gomez 30
15885 Vedra Coruna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BOSQUES NATURALES SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 567 554,09
Address
Avenida Vega (De La) 1, Ed. 3
28108 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CONSIGLIO PER LA RICERCA IN AGRICOLTURA E L'ANALISI DELL'ECONOMIA AGRARIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 184 687,50
Address
Via Po 14
00198 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
WALE SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 112 000
Address
8 Rue Du Chateau
14610 Cambes En Plaine
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)