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Creating Added Value through Residual Forest Biomass


In this RDP project aimed at sustainable land management, forest biomass resulting from increased density of woodland has been used for board manufacturing, forest mulch or substrates, and as energy in all types of industries.


Valencia is a Mediterranean region with a significant proportion of forest area (53% of the total). From the data collected in the Forest Inventory of the Valencia Region, it can be seen that the increase in forest area and woodlands has been important in the region, producing a remarkable increased in density of woodland.This has led to a greater accumulation of combustible material, which is a major risk in the spread of forest fires and the control of forest pests and diseases.


This project is investigating the use of forest biomass for board manufacturing, forest mulch or substrates, and as energy in all types of industries. This could result in the promotion and maintenance of rural incomes, and develop a business network that could be very important for the economy of rural areas.

Main activities

The project provides a subsidy of 51 euro per tonne for extracting and adding value to forest biomass, which also helps prevent forest fires, supports forest management, and improves forest structure.

Results & Benefits

The project supports the development of vegetation structures which are less vulnerable to forest fires, develops forestry enterprise, and adds value to forest products.

Lessons learnt

Good forest management and social awareness are proved to be of paramount importance for environment protection and preservation.

Project location and other information




RDP Territory

Comunidad Valenciana

Total project cost (€)

5 580 000

EAFRD contribution (€)

2 995 902

National contribution (€)

2 584 098

Contact name

Pilar Ara

Languages for contact


At a glance



Final beneficiary type

Forester, Public/local authorities

Budget range

> €500 000

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Theme / Measure:

• Environment and Sustainable Resource Management
• Sustainable use of forestry land
• 226. Restoring forestry potential and introducing prevention actions


Forest management, Bioenergy, Biomass, Nature conservation

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