Mobilizing the primary forest biomass and promoting the local consumption of woodchip from the planned forest management to decrease the risk of fire

This pilot project ran from 2015 to 2017 in Catalonia (Spain). Its objective was to reinforce the buying and selling chains for woodchips via the promotion of local consumption of primary forest biomass for heat production for the local community. “Forest del Vallès” pilot project takes place in the county of Vallès Occidental (a region including 19 municipalities in the Barcelona Metropolitan Area). The forests (almost 19.000 ha) are dominated by Aleppo pine and are mostly private. The forests of Vallès Occidental is an undermanaged area that has relatively low productivity (on average, an annual productivity of <2m3/ha) and is quite vulnerable to climate change and wildfires. From 2006 to 2015 several measures were supported to overtake this situation: a) in 2006-2007 an “Analysis an Diagnostic of the Forests of Vallès Occidental” was drawn up; b) in 2012 a previous stage of the project was initiated as a Programme for forest fire prevention and for promoting the use of biomass for thermal energy; c) private forest owners started to show interest in improving forest management and wood mobilisation; d) the creation in 2015 of the County Service of Forest Biomass. The creation of this Service will allow public and private contracts to be drawn up to promote the installation of boilers and the establishment of woodchip Logistic Centre.

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Contact: Jordi Vayreda, Xavier Carbonell


Institution: CREAF

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Accesses: Public access

Geographic Contexts: Rural , Peri-urban

Domain: Harvest , Governance

Coniferous Destinations: Energy use

Harwood Destinations: Energy use

Market Destinations: trend is increasing demand from energy plants

Forest Types: Thermophilus deciduous forest and broadleaved evergreen forest , Broadleaved evergreen forests , Softwoodous forest of the Mediterranean, Anatolian and Macaronesian regions

Govern Actors: Owners association , Government forest service , Other government advisory services (eg RDP) , Forest Managers / consultants/ agents , Stakeholder networks and associations , Research Institutes , Regional government , Local government , Small medium forest-based enterprise

Financial Supports: project funding , Private , government product incentive scheme , government forest management support scheme , local taxes

Manager Types: managed by owner , managed by professional forest manager (service provider) , managed by forest association

Owner Types: private

Scale Operations: small scale (10-50 ha) , medium scale (50-200 ha) , very small scale (<10 ha)