Title: Sustainable Exploitation of biomass for bioEnergy from Marginal LAnds (SEEMLA)
Client: Department of Forestry and Management of the Environment and Natural Resources, Democritus University of Thrace
Capacity: External expert
Period: 01/2016 – 12/2018
Objective: The main objective of the H2020 funded EU project SEEMLA is the establishment of suitable innovative land-use strategies for a sustainable production of plant-based energy on marginal lands while improving general ecosystem services. The use of marginal lands (MagL) could contribute to the mitigation of the fast growing competition between traditional food production and production of renewable bio-resources on arable lands.

The project will focus on three main objectives:(a) the promotion of re-conversion of MagLs for the production of bioenergy through the direct involvement of farmers and foresters (b) the strengthening of local small-scale supply chains and (c) the promotion of plantations of bioenergy crops on MagLs

Deliverables: Understanding Marginal Lands – concept, indicator selection, evaluation criteria (WP2)

Policy and Administrative regulations for biomass production on MagL for bioenergy (WP3)

Environmental and Socio-economic assessment (WP4)

Bioenergy production on MagL in pilot cases (WP5)

SEEMLA approach development: application, guidebooks and policy requirements (WP6)

Services: Participation in project meetings and technical publications

Participation in the deliverables production of work packages WP2, WP3, WP4, WP5 & WP6

Responsible for the development of a GIS application and web based application for identifying marginal lands and selecting the bio-energy crops that are suitable for them (WP6)