The European project LIFE REFOREST, which will be carried out by a consortium of 7 entities, aims to mitigate erosion and favor the restoration of burned forest areas through an innovative solution of fungi and technosols (micotecnosols).
The launching meeting of the LIFE REFOREST project took place in A Coruña (Spain), on Tuesday, July 31st. This initiative, co-financed by the European Commission within the LIFE Program Priority Area of Environment and Resource Efficiency (Grant Agreement No. LIFE17 ENV / ES / 000248), began its activities on July 1 and will last 36 months.
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 in burned areas, this project will favor the rapid recovery of affected areas.
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 micotecnosols that allows an early recovery of them. This solution will be implemented in two forest areas in the South of Galicia and the Center of Portugal and will be validated during a period of two years.
The Galician-Portuguese consortium, led by CETIM, Multisectorial Research Technology Center (A Coruña), is completed with 6 other entities: the Forest Association of Galicia, the Forestry Association of Portugal, Hifas da Terra, Indutec Engineers, Northwest Ecological Treatments and the University of Aveiro.
During this first meeting, the partners of LIFE REFOREST reviewed all the actions of the project, planning the steps that will be carried out during the next months.