Rejuvenate Crop Based Systems for Sustainable Risk Based Land Management for Economically Marginal Degraded Areas

Country: EU Projects
Start Date:   1/10/2008         Duration: 8 months         Project Type: RTD
Contract Number: SN 01/33
Organisation Type:  EC Project
Contaminated land-->Remediation options-->In situ treatment technologies
Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Sustainable / green remediation
Diffuse pollution-->Diffuse pollution overview
Soil-->Soil Overview
Project objectives:
The aims of this project are to:  
•	explore the feasibility of a range of possible approaches to combining risk based land management (RBLM) with non-food crop land-uses and organic matter 
re-use as appropriate, • identify a “matrix” of potential opportunities worthy of further development in the UK, Germany and Sweden and in a wider European context, and • assess how verification of their performance might be carried out and identifying what requirements remain for future research, development and demonstration.
Project Summary:
Rejuvenate includes partners from Germany, the UK, the Netherlands and Sweden and began in October 2008.  It is funded by the Department for Environment Food 
and Rural Affaires and the Environment Agency (UK) and FORMAS (Sweden) and Bioclear Bv (The Netherlands). It is funded under the SNOWMAN umbrella . SNOWMAN
is a network of national funding organisations and administrations providing research funding. It is one amongst more than 70 ERA-Nets (European Research
Area - Networks) being funded by the EC's 6th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. The Rejuvenate project will identify generic opportunities for and barriers to combining non-food crop production with risk based land management for
economically marginal degraded land (i.e. areas of degraded land that have remained under utilised for protracted periods of time). Opportunities will be
categorised based on compatibility with: • land risk management requirements • land characteristics • biomass applications and markets • organic matter re-use opportunities Opportunities will be assessed for their likely levels of profitability, levels of project risk, know-how requirements, compatibility with other forms
of re-use such as built development and amenity. For bio-energy crops particular attention will be paid to “second generation” biofuel opportunities which
are seen as offering higher energy yield per unit land area with lower environmental impacts. Opportunities will also be assessed for their state of development,
identifying also what verification measures might be required to appraise human health risk management and wider sustainability factors such as carbon sequestration
potential and potential local revenue generation. Combining an understanding of decision making influences with an understanding of the nature of the opportunities available and their state of development
will allow an approximate ranking of the likely attractiveness of different RBLM / non-food crop approaches.
Achieved Objectives:

Product Descriptions:

Additional Information:

Project Resources:

Crop Based Systems for Sustainable Risk Based Land Management for Economically Marginal Degraded Land

Developing and validating a practical decision support tool (DST) for biomass selection on marginal land
Funding Programme(s): 
SNOWMAN coordinated Call
Link to Organisations:

r3 environmental technology limited
Submitted by: EUGRIS Team Professor Paul Bardos  Who does what?  24/11/2008 00:12:00