Project meeting in Zaragoza
The greenGain partners held already a fourth project meeting, this time in Zaragoza, Spain on 3 – 6 May 2016. The meeting gathered all the consortium partners to summarize the works carried out so far, and plan the upcoming tasks that will be undertaken in the second half of the project’s lifetime.
The meeting took place in Zaragoza, at CIRCE’s facilities, which was hosting the event. The meetings aimed to make a general review of the project, as well as to address some urgent topics. The current status of the greenGain Information Platform that is being developed was one of the main aspects discussed. This tool will provide public information regarding the use of local biomass from the maintenance of green areas and landscape elements, such as best practices and success stories, relevant articles and a list of relevant companies and experts working in this field.
The partners also discussed about the plans for the pilot tests that will be carried out onsite in Germany, Czech Republic, Italy and Spain. With this purpose the consortium carried out a technical visit to the Spanish pilot regions of Bajo Aragón and Matarraña. The county councils and several local stakeholders, like farmers, representatives of local business and also the President of the County Council of Bajo Aragón showed their commitment to the project and accompanied the greenGain partners on their visit.
The partners visited two companies dedicated to silvicultural works, wood pelleting, a biogas power station and a forestry wood chipper in operation. OMEZYMA, the greenGain regional partner coordinating the work in the Spanish model regions, prepared a visit to explain two of the pilot experiences that will be tested from autumn 2016 to spring 2017. The first pilot experience was the opening of a new fire prevention belt along a local agrarian path. The second pilot experience were recovery works to restore abandoned agrarian land to support the economic activity for young farmers and shepherds, as a way to keep the people in the rural areas of the counties.
To end the day and to share opinions and ideas a social lunch was organized for the partners and local stakeholders. During this meeting the stakeholders were invited to participate in the greenGain conference and workshop in combination with the fair Heating with wood (Heizen mit Holz) on 21st and 22nd October 2016 in Lower Saxony (Germany). This greenGain event raised great interest among the local companies and entrepreneurs, who saw the great opportunity to expand their knowledge on biomass and specifically on biomass from landscape conservation and maintenance works.
Author: Eduardo Cembrano