LIFE REFOREST is a 36 months project of which main actions are:

A. Preparatory Actions

A1. Forestry study of pre-selected sites

An analysis of the different forest areas managed by the two forestry associations involved in the project (AFG and FORESTIS) will be carried out, analyzing climatic parameters, incidence of fires, soil characteristics, etc. This information will be essential to select the subsequent location of the pilots in the project.

A2. Monitoring and characterization of burnt areas

In this activity, a monitoring plan will be performed in order to identify the fire occurrence in the two forest study areas. After identification, the characterization of soil and streamflow water will be carried out in the forest areas affected by fire within the pre-selected areas (Portugal and Galicia).

A3. Definition of Mycotechnosols

The definition of mycotechnosols used in the project must be defined, evaluating different aspects such as the types of fungi, the waste, etc. After the selection of the formulations of interest according to the characteristics of the validation zones, these will be evaluated on a laboratory scale, optimizing the final formulation that will be used at pilot scale.

A4. Procedimientos Administrativos o Legales

The aim of this action is the management of any administrative or legal procedures (permits, licenses, etc.) necessary to execute the two pilots of LIFE REFOREST.

B. Implementation Actions

B1. Design and development of LIFE REFOREST pilot systems

Based on the previous preparatory activities (A1-A3), under this activity, the final design of the pilot systems will be carried out, defining the final formulation of the mycotechnosol and proceeding to its inoculation. At the same time, the rest of the materials required for the validation will be defined, as well as the necessary logistics for its installation.

B2. Implementation and Validation of pilots performance

This activity includes the installation of the pilots in the two selected locations (Galicia and North of Portugal) and its subsequent validation during a period of approximately one year, where it will be studied the evolution of the pilots in comparison with the control areas, analysing periodic samples of both soil and runoff water.

B3. Replicability and Transferability

Based on the obtained results, different guidelines will be developed to maximize the transferability and replicability of the LIFE REFOREST system. Guidelines for other forest areas with high incidence of fires, as well as guidelines for other areas susceptible of erosion or areas that require soil regeneration (civil works, land movements, degraded soils, etc.) will be produced.

B4. Road map and Improvement of administrative and legal frameworks

This action will analyse the administrative and legal framework related to the management of the areas affected by fires at the local, regional and national levels, providing recommendations to improve this task and facilitate the implementation of the system developed in LIFE REFOREST.

C. Monitoring of the impact of project actions

C1. Monitoring of Project Performance Indicators

Along this activity, a continuous monitoring of the Project Performance Indicators will be done. These parameters, called Key Performance Indicators, include indicators at the technical, environmental and dissemination levels of the project, and they allow the quantification of their evolution.

C2. Monitoring of the project’s impact on the environment – Life Cycle Assessment

In this activity, the environmental impact of the LIFE REFOREST project will be evaluated, using the methodology of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).

C3. Assessment and Monitoring of the socio-economic impact of the project on population and local economy

Complementary with the previous activity, the techno-economic analysis of the project will be carried out as well as an analysis of the social impact of LIFE REFOREST on the population and local economy.

D. Public awareness and dissemination of results

D1. Dissemination planning and Development of the Dissemination Pack

The public awareness and dissemination are considered essential by LIFE REFOREST to guarantee the project successful. Along the project, continuous dissemination actions will be done, through different means adapted to different types of audience, such as this web page, newsletters, brochures, press releases, etc.

D2. Networking with Other Projects, Project’s Seminars & Workshops and Other Activities for Project’s Output Diffusion

The aim of this action is to promote the project networking actions with other projects and relevant stakeholders. Moreover, the organization of seminars and workshops and the actively participation in events of interest will add value to the project allowing share knowledge and experiences, and establishing mechanisms for its further transference and replication.

E. Project Management

E1. Project Management

This activity integrates all project management tasks that will allow LIFE REFOREST to be developed according to the planning established in the proposal, achieving the objectives of the project.

CETIM Technological Centre has the responsibility of full project management. The action ensures the correct project technical and economic progress, making possible the fulfilment of the contractual obligations of the Grant Agreement with the European Union and according to the project’s objectives and work plan.