Planting trees in a more sustainable and efficient manner.
SustAffor project aims at developing and evaluating novel
techniques for improving
the results of tree planting projects from an environmental, technical and
A significant number of trees planted in productive and protective
reforestations / afforestations, gardening, environmental restorations or fruit production plantations
die after few months if no adequate maintenance is performed. The maintenance of young trees is not only expensive but often implies the use of
techniques such as herbicides,
petroleum-based products or fuels and large volumes of water.
The SustAffor project “Bridging effectiveness and sustainability in
afforestation / reforestation in a climate change context: new technologies for
improving soil features and plant performance” aims at developing and
evaluating novel techniques for improving the results of tree planting projects
from an environmental, technical and economic point of view.
These novel techniques aim to mitigate the negative
effects of temporary water scarcity and competitive vegetation, which are the
two main factors that can result in the failure of a young tree in the current
context of irregular water availability and climate change, especially in areas
with the Mediterranean climate.
Financed by 7th Framework Programme of the European Union
through the “Capacities – Research for SMEs” call, and coordinated by
Sustainable Forest Management Unit (AGS) of the Forest Sciences Centre of
Catalonia (CTFC). Duration: 1st October 2013 - 30 September 2015.
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