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SustAffor Project

Planting trees in a more sustainable and efficient manner.

The SustAffor project aims at developing and evaluating novel techniques for improving the results of tree planting projects from an environmental, technical and economic perspective

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 prRestoration of a semi-arid site_250.jpg : 21.6728515625Kboducts 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.

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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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