Crop Based Systems for Sustainable Risk Based Land Management for Economically Marginal Degraded Land
15-1-2010 – 30-12-2012 – finalized

Parties involved:
Lead organization: Swedish Geotechnical Institute, Sweden
Research partner organization: R&D National Institute for Metals and Radioactive Resources INCDMRR-ICPMRR ) Romania
Research partner organization: Centrum voor Milieukunde (Centre for Environmental Sciences) Belgium
Research partner organization: Bioclear, The Netherlands

Overall objective:
This project will apply a decision support tool (DST), designed by the Snowman 1 project Rejuvenate, to three practical applications at realistic scales. Based on this test-work, the aims of this project are to i) validate and optimise the decision making framework, ii) provide detailed case studies for the reuse of contaminated land for biofuel crop production– in particular for secondary biofuels and iii) to extend the scope of the DST by applying and validating it in three new jurisdictions (Belgium, Netherlands and Romania). The goal of Rejuvenate 1 and this project (Rejuvenate 2) is to facilitate transparent and robust decision making to facilitate the responsible, sustainable and appropriate use of contaminated marginal land for biofuel and other biomass production. A consistent decision making approach will support an increase in the land area for biofuel crop growth, by improving the effectiveness of decision making and providing a common platform for different stakeholders, e.g. land owners, developers, planners and regulators to engage in discussions. Rejuvenate 1 developed a set of “model procedures” to support decision making for bring marginal land back into use for such nonfood crops (see Rejuvenate Consortium, 2009).

The specific objectives of Rejuvenate 2 are to:

  1. Establish three full scale case studies in three participating countries.
  2. Provide a mechanism for other countries and third party funders to add further case studies to the project over its three year life span.
  3. Validate the decision support approach based on Strength, Weakness, Opportunity and Threat (SWOT) analysis, with regard to i) crop and site management and ii) biomass use anddelivery of value to stakeholders.
  4. Perform environmental, legal, economical and ethical assessment of the crop based systems for sustainable risk based land management (RBLM), including the full chain of choice of fields to biomass use.
  5. Identify ongoing research, developments and experience of implementation agendas for the re-use of contaminated land for biofuels.

The project will begin with case studies in Sweden and Romania, however, the mechanism will be open and will enable third party funders to attach their case studies to the project. This project is cross cutting across the three areas of the Snowman 2 Call, but focuses in particular on the use of contaminated land for biofuel production.

Coordinator: Umeå University, Sweden – Yvonne Andersson-Sköld

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