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BioEUParks (2013 – 2016)

An example of woody biomass © Dea Mijakovac

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The importance of the utilisation of biomasses for producing heat and energy is growing in all of Europe, often overseen by central or local governments. An efficient and sustainable supply chain of biomass is an indispensable condition for such system.

BioEUParks was a project applied under IEE Altener Programme, addressing the 2012 proposed priority ‘Solid biomass’, in which EUROPARC partnered with 9 other environmental associations and Nature Parks from 6 EU countries.

The Project contributed to increasing the local supply of biomass from sustainably managed forests and agricultural residues, aiming to develop an efficient and sustainable biomass supply chain in 5 European Nature Parks, and promoting short chains and small-scale installations. Essential to this process was sharing of objectives and co-planning with local key actors. For this reason, the project developed a methodology of meeting, discussing and co-planning to overcome the social conflicts that can born in occasion of significant structural interventions. Furthermore the project aimed to mainstream the experience gathered and improve the skills of Nature Park managers, engineers and technicians on sustainable biomass.

EUROPARC was in charge of communication and mainstreaming of the project at an international level. EUROPARC coordinated the dissemination of the “BioEUParks” project on local, national and European scale in order to make this initiative known and contribute to the debate on biomass production and its conversion in energy, included al issues linked with the environmental sustainability of such operations. Under a common shared basic informative material was produced in all project languages and disseminated widely.

The most widespread Italian environmental organization is the lead partner of the project. Over the last 30 years, Legambiente has been involved in nature conservation and sustainable development, supporting the use of renewable energy sources.

Please find the project outcomes and material in the list below.

For any inquiries, please contact europarc @ europarc.org

Download the final project report

The project was implemented in 5 protected areas. Get to know the Supply chains developed in the different parks.

Italy, Sila National Park- Factsheet in English

Greece, Rodopi National Park –  Factsheet in English

Slovenia, Kozjansko Regional Park –  Factsheet in English

Hungary, Danube-Ipoly National Park –  Factsheet in English 

Austria, Sölktäler Nature Park –  Factsheet in English