Excellent reception of the LIFE REFOREST seminar for burned soils bio-recovery
LIFE REFOREST project has organized the seminar “Burned Forest Areas – Impact and solutions for their recovery” on March 5th in DOMUS museum (A Coruña). This project, financed by the European LIFE Programme and led by CETIM Technological Centre, aims to mitigate erosion and soil loss in areas affected by forest fires through an innovative system based on micotechnologies, a combination of stabilised organic waste inoculated with fungi, contained in tubular sleeves of biodegradable material.
The event, which lasted the whole morning, was a great success, with more than 40 participants and with coverage in several media. Newspapers like La Voz de Galicia and La Opinión A Coruña, published different reviews that indicate the social concern to find solutions to mitigate the impact of fires in our forest.
The conference was initiated by Mr. Julio Fierro, doctor in agricultural engineering and senior researcher in the area of ECO BIO Technologies at CETIM, who presented the LIFE REFOREST project, explaining that the aim of the project is “to improve land management after a fire in order to rehabilitate it sooner. The use of mushrooms not only reduces the time it takes for the soil to regenerate, when they grow they also help to secure it, preventing water from dragging it away and ending up reaching shellfish areas or aquifers”.
Fierro gave way to Mr. Francisco Dans, Galician Forestry Association Director, who gave his view on the different management problems and solutions for forest areas at high risk of fire and, later on, Mr. Tomás Fernández-Couto, as General Manager of de Defensa del Monte of the Xunta de Galicia, who explained the different phases and steps included in the action protocol of the Regional Govern in these cases, which is divided into 4 steps: selection of assessment areas, collection of information and evaluation of vulnerable areas, assessment and mapping of fire severity and a final step of application of treatments and monitoring.
The conference continued with the participation of Mr. Felipe Macías, Professor of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry at the University of Santiago de Compostela, who explained the use of techno-soils as a solution to erosion caused by fires. Finally, Ms. Cristina Fernández, from the Department of Forest Protection at the Forestry Research Centre of Lourizán, explained the use of different stabilization and regeneration techniques for burned areas.
In the afternoon, CETIM team continued the day by attending to the project consortium meeting, where the partners shared their main advances and specified the next steps to be taken.