The Project, which will be carried out by a consortium of 7 partners, aims to mitigate erosion prevention and favour the restoration of burnt FOREST areas through innovative fungal-technosol solution (mycotehnosols).
The kick off meeting of LIFE REFOREST Project took place in A Coruña (A Coruña, Spain) last Tuesday 31st July 2018. LIFE REFOREST Project is cofounded by the European Commission under the LIFE PROGRAMME within the Priority Area Environment & Resource Efficiency, under the Grant Agreement N0. LIFE17 ENV/ES/000248, it started on 1st July 2018 and lasts 36 months.
The project is motivated by the serious incidence of fires in the forest areas of Galicia and Portugal, as well as the need to find a solution to reduce the impact of erosive phenomena, both in burned areas and in water bodies next, favouring the rapid recovery of the affected areas.
The LIFE REFOREST project will consist of an exhaustive analysis of the damage caused by fires and the development of an innovative solution based on the use of mycotechnosols that allows an early recovery of them. This solution will be implemented in two forest areas in the South of Galicia and the Centre of Portugal and will be validated during a period of two years.
The Consortium Galaico-Portuguese is leaded by CETIM, Multisectorial Research Technology Centre and another six partners complete it: Asociación Forestal de Galicia, Associaçao Florestal de Portugal, Hifas da Terra, Indutec Ingenieros, Tratamientos Ecológicos del Noroeste and Universidade de Aveiro.
During this 1st meeting all REFOREST partners reviewed the actions that constitute the Project and planned next steps to be performed during next months.