Developing an efficient and sustainable biomass supply chain in 5 European Nature Parks


The Agency for Renewable Resources, FNR (Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V.) is the central coordinating institution for research, development and demonstration projects in the field of renewable resources. It coordinates activities throughout Germany according to the guidelines of the R&D Funding programme for Renewable Resources. FNR is also involved in respective activities on European and international level.

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Dr. Matthias Mossbauer

Danube-Ipoly National Park, the ninth national park of Hungary established on 60 314 hectares in 1997, and includes the Pilis, Visegrád and Börzsöny Hills, the undisturbed sections of the Ipoly Valley as well as parts of the Szentendre Island. The rock-bed of the Pilis Hills stretching from Esztergom to Budapest is made up of limestone and dolomite. Because of the basic characteristics of limestone karst formation, the hills are exceptionally rich in caves. Therefore it is not surprising that most of the caves of the National Park can be found in the Pilis Hills.
The operational area of the Danube-Ipoly National Park Directorate is in the crowded, central part of Hungary amidst dense infrastructure and industry. The Directorate handles nature protection and operational tasks in the Capital, Pest, Komárom-Esztergom and Fejér counties. Besides the Danube-Ipoly National Park, in the operational area of the Directorate there are 8 Protected Landscape Areas and 32 Nature Conservation Areas. Compared to the other regions of the country, the environmental threats here appear to be more serious - therefore the protection of the natural environment requires a great effort. At the same time the diversity and variety of natural values of the area is fascinating even today: from the protected mountain areas to the plains and water bodies.

Zsófia Tomcsányi
Project coordinator at Danube-Ipoly National Park Directorate

Democritus University of Thrace was established in July 1973 by Legislative Decree No. 87 of 27 July 1973, and started functioning in the academic year 1974-1975. Named "Democritus" in honor of the ancient Greek philosopher Democritus, who hailed from the town of Abdera in Thrace. The administration of DUTH is headquartered in Komotini, which is the capital of the Administrative Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace.
The University is currently operating seven Faculties and eighteen Departments in four cities of Thrace - seven in Komotini, five in Xanthi, four in Alexandroupolis and two in Orestiada. Overall attending more than 15,000 students.
The University was named after the ancient Greek philosopher Democritus. DUTH participates with the Department of Forestry and Management of the Environment and Natural Resources, offering expertise in sustainable forest management, investments in natural resources and regional development.
The University plays an important role in strengthening national and cultural identity of the region of Thrace, and contributes to the high level of education in Greece. Relying on the quality of teaching and research level, has secured a place among the best Greek Universities.

Spyros Galatsidas

EUROPARC conta circa 365 membri tra aree protette, ministeri, ONG e imprese di 36 paesi che si adoperano per la gestione dei gioielli verdi d'Europa: la terra, il mare, le montagne, le foreste, i fiumi, nonché il patrimonio culturale del continente. La natura non conosce confini ed è per questo che noi incoraggiamo la cooperazione internazionale su tutti gli aspetti correlati alla gestione delle aree protette, al fine di migliorare e preservare il nostro comune patrimonio naturale. Ci impegnamo a condividere esperienze, conoscenze e buone pratiche, e a collaborare con i nostri partner affinché il valore e l'importanza delle aree protette rimangano nel cuore dell'Europa.

At the junction of the Alps and the Pannonian plain, nature and people have created a unique mosaic of flowering meadows, tall-tree orchards, vineyards, homesteads and paths leading to them.  In this micro-region, a cultural landscape strewn with castles, monasteries and churches is intertwined with steep wooded slopes, hidden brooks and picturesque gorges.
Kozjanski Park is the largest regional park in Slovenia. The boundaries of Kozjansko region are not precisely defined. The area south of the Voglajna river, west of the Sotla river, east of the Savinja river and north of the eastern part of the Posavje hills is known as Kozjansko region. The area is marked by the transition from sub-Alpine forest covered hills to the Sotla’s plain.

Teo Hrvoje Oršanič, MSc nature sciences – director,, 00386 3 800 7106
Valerija Slemenšek, MSc economy,, 00386 3 800 7110
Dušan Klenovšek, BSc in biology,, 00386 3 800 7117
Mojca Kunst, BSc in geology,, 00386 3 800 7102


Legambiente is the most widespread environmental association in Italy and is recognised as “association of environmental interest” by the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea. It includes more than 1.000 local groups and 20 regional committees, over 110.000 members and supporters, about 30.000 classes involved in environmental education programmes and more than 3.000 youngsters joining our voluntary work camps.
Legambiente carries out awareness and information campaigns such as Goletta Verde, Treno Verde, Stop the Fever , Puliamo il Mondo, Cento Strade per Giocare, and Spiagge e fondali puliti. Legambiente has been also working against environmental illegalities, promoting solidarity and peace as fundamental values of our society. It is also committed in projects and initiatives to fostering and protecting natural protected areas, safeguarding biodiversity, implementing sustainable territory development, protecting nature and supporting the use of renewable energy sources.
Legambiente also promotes management models, such as APE - Appennino Parco d’Europa, the most important project in Italy for the protection and improvement of the entire Apennine ridge. Legambiente is a member of FEDERPARCHI (the Italian Parks and Natural Reserves Federation), IUCN (The International Union for Nature Conservation), FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), EEB (European Environmental Bureau), CIPRA (Alps protection Convention) and many other national and international environmental coalitions.
Legambiente supports the organic agriculture and is member of a national network against GMOs and one of the lead members of the Italian Committee for Food Sovereignty. Legambiente’s campaign for an high quality agriculture promote a fair and sustainable agriculture and traditional products among farmers, enterprises, citizens and institution. Legambiente is working side-by-side with farmers’ organisations for land and territory safeguard.

The Rodopi Mountain Range National Park (RMRNP) is located at the central-west massif of the mountain range of Rodopi. Its boundary is defined by the north-east slopes of Falakro Mountain and it continues following the north riverbank of Nestos, to the Greek – Bulgarian borders and the mountainous area of Xanthi.
The RMRNP was characterized as “National Park” according to the Joint Ministerial Decision 40379/01-10-2009 because of the plethora of the flora and fauna species listed on the Annexes III, IV and V of the Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC.

Stavros Kechagioglou
M.Sc. Wood ΤechnologyForester at Forest Service of Drama; Vice President of the Management Body of RMRNP

Sila National Park and its Agency were founded with the Regional Decree 14.11.2002. The National Park includes the territories already part of the “historical” Calabria National Park (1968), and protects areas of considerable environmental interest in Sila Grande, Sila Piccola and Sila Greca for a total of 73.695 hectares. It promotes conservation and development of traditional food, forest and farming activities as well as all typical handicrafts, sports, gastronomy and tourism. It promotes all initiatives aimed at the economical and social development of local inhabitants, propelling the eco-compatible development of the district, crossroads of history, art and culture in the Mediterranean Sea throughout centuries. A National Park is born in the “Big Wood of Italy”, where it is possible to admire breathtaking landscapes, making emotions arise and inviting people to visit and stay.

Dr. Antonio Falcone
Forestry expert for the Sila National Park

The Slovenian Forestry Institute is a public institution of national importance, competent for research in the fields of forest, forest technique and economics, wildlife, game management and use of wood biomass for energy. It was founded by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia and operates - in accordance with modern environmental thought - under the auspices of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, and the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning. The Slovenian Forestry Institute is a multidisciplinary fundamental and development research institution, where basic and applicative projects as well as numerous operational activities are taking place within particular research projects.
Department of Forest Techniques and Economics follows the development of modern forest techniques and efficient technologies appropriate for our geographical and socio-economic conditions. Important activities are: creation of modern technological maps, evaluation and standards setting for particular phases of technological processes, economic evaluation of forest functions, effective use of wood biomass for energy, monitoring of tree, soil damages caused by felling and skidding, wood flow analysis, roundwood balances and calculation of CO2 sink form forests and harvested wood products.
The Slovenian Forestry Institute / Department of Forest Techniques and Economics has been involved in R&D projects, dealing with the evaluation of the biomass and energy potential of Slovenian forests and with other important topics regarding wood biomass production and use for more than 20 years. We are dealing mostly with wood biomass because more than 60% of the land is covered by forests.

The Sölktäler Nature Park GmbH, one of Austria’s largest nature parks, is located in the Eastern Alps in Styria. Idyllic mountain villages, blossoming alp life and wild mountain streams characterize the area which is also a valuable refuge for many - among others endangered – species.

Volkhard Maier