The conference addressed different topics within the Short Rotation Forestry (SRF) and Agroforestry cycle

choosing the site; preparing the soil; genetic material and plant selection; planting material; planting; interaction with eco-systems; risks; cultivation and maintenance; nutrients and soil; harvesting; transport and storage; utilisation of the wood; recirculation to cropland; economic and financial issues; agroforestry; carbon sequestration by SRF; local systems.

The conference provided a real opportunity for very fruitful discussions and exchange of information after each presentation as well as during the breaks and networking dinner. Based on the feedback from the participants, the conference turned out to be a very successful event that exceeded expectation of a number of the participants.

To download presentations and additional literature please go to Conference booklet and slides

See below pictures from the conference and from the field trip

Comments from participants

Dr Bhatta Dutt Laxmi, SNV, Netherlands Development Organization, Nepal:
Thank you for your hard work and commitments to make the conference – very successful. It was really fruitful discussion to make SRF more productive around the globe.

Dr Subhash Chander Yadav, Harvana Forest Development Corporation (State Government Undertaking), India:
Thanks to the Benwood and the organizers.....The results will be useful for agroforestry/short rotation forestry in future and the show must go on.

Dr Rajeshwar S. Chandel, Youth for Sustainable Development, India:
'.....fruitful discussions and lot was to learn especially to an entomologist like me.

Dr Wojtek Galinski, UNFCCC, Germany:
For me, to discover that there is already sufficient data to develop this new methodology for salinized areas, has paid off my effort to come to this conference.

Dr Asia Khamzina, Centre for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany:
The conference was indeed effective in generating discussions and was all together an exciting event. Back in Bonn we continued to exchange with Mr. Galinski about a potential CDM methodology for saline afforestation.

Dr Heiko Hagemann, Wald-Zentrum, University of Münster, Germany:
'...surprisingly good event. It was a real workshop.

Mrs Rahmawaty, Department of Forestry, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Sumatera Utara, Indonesia:
It was a good opportunity for me to improve my knowledge and experience as a lecturer and researcher in the field of short rotation forestry and agroforestry. I can address these challenges within the Sustainable Forestry Policy that primarily focuses on caring for the forestry and that my organization is facing today.

Mrs. Zuraida, Center for Productivity Forest, Forest Research Development Agency(FORDA), Ministry of Forestry-Republic of Indonesia.:
This conference was indeed fruitful, and give me a lot of knowledge and experience about SRF with different topics, and I can compare to what is going on in my country.

DI Sebastian Hauk, University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan -Triesdorf, Germany:
For me, it was very important to learn about the systems and practices used in countries such as India, China, Brazil, Kenya and to obtain their view on the practices used in Europe. I gained very good contacts for my future work. Furthermore the chance of using SRF/SRC as CDM, in certain cases, offers new interesting fields of research.

Mr Thibaud Leys, Electrawinds, Belgium:
I must admit I really learned a lot during the conference and got to know many interesting people. Currently I'm setting up talks with some of the participants at the conference.

Mr James Kimondo, Kenya Forestry Research Institute, Kenya:
I benefited a lot through the presentations and interactions with the conference participants. For the first time, the issue of the carbon trading became a reality when a seller and a buyer interacted during the conference. It's my hope that I shall experience this soon in my country so that farmers, the growers, of trees can benefit from their efforts.

Photographs from discussions during the presentation sessions

Fig. 2: Dr. K.T. Parthiban, India

Fig. 3: Dr. K.T.Parthiban,India and Prof.J.Chang, China discussing about briquetting machine

Fig. 4: Dr. Subhash Yadav, India

Fig. 5: Dr. Bhatta Laxmi, Nepal

Fig. 6: Dr. James Kimondo, Kenya

Fig. 7: Prof. Caihong Zhang, China

Fig. 8: DI Michael Harm, Romania

Photographs from discussions during the breaks

Fig. 9: Dr. Uwe Kies, Germany and Mr Sylvestre Njakou Djomo, Belgium

Fig. 10: DI E. Rotheneder, Austria, Prof.P.Liebhard, Austria and DI S.Hauk, Germany

Fig. 11: Dr. D.Kajba, Croatia, Mr Paula Toledo, Brazil and Dr. G. von Wuehlisch

Fig. 12: Dr. W.Galinski, Germany and Dr. K.S. Verma, India

Fig. 13: Dr. B. Laxmi, Nepal and Dr. S.Yadav, India

Fig. 14: Dr. W.Galinski, Germany and Dr. A. Khamzina, Germany

Fig. 15: Dr. K.T.Parthiban, India and Ms Genevieve Lamond, UK

Fig. 16: Prof.J.Chang, his PhD candidate Ms Yanxue Han, China and Dr. K.S.Verma, India

Fig. 17: Dr. K.T.Parthiban, India, Prof.J.Chang and his PhD candidate Ms Yanxue Han, China

Fig. 18: Dr. W.Galinski, Germany and Dr. S.K.Chauhan, India

Fig. 19: Mr Thibaud Leys, Belgium and Mr Jan Coussement, Belgium

Fig. 20: Prof.Peter Liebhard, Austria and and DI Michael Harm, Romania

Field trip (22 June 2011)

Alasia Franco Vivai Farm

Strada Solerette 5/A - Savigliano (CN), Italy
See below pictures from the field trip.

Video Promotion video before the final Benwood conference in Barolo
description: Promotion video before the final Benwood conference in Barolo. In the second half of the film clip you get impressions of a modern, machine based cutting production in Northern Italy at Alasia Vivai.

Alasia Franco Vivai carries out an internal poplar and willow breeding program to develop clones suitable for biomass production and for veneer log production.

The plant material used for controlled crosses by Alasia Franco Vivai comes from seed collections made by the company from natural poplar stands in Europe, USA and Asia since 1985. The main poplar species that Alasia Franco Vivai works with are P. nigra, P. deltoids, P. trichocarpa, P. maximowiczii.

Alasia New Clones company was established to deal with marketing of the Alasia's products and to collaborate with leading forestry and agricultural research institutions.

For more info on the company, activities and products please click here.

The selection process adopted by Alasia Franco Vivai

Plant material originated from the seed collection is selected according to its origin, disease tolerance, form, growth, sex.

The selected parents are used both for inter- and intra-specific crosses with the aim to get improved parents that will originate superior hybrids clones. The hybrid combinations are focused on DxN, DxT, DxM Seedlings from the 2010 P.deltoides half-sib collection.

About 32.000 seeds have been collected from 95 different P.deltoids families during a collection that was realized by Alasia Franco Vivai in June 2010 in the following U.S.countries:Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota.

After their germination the young seedlings have been planted in the field between late July and early August 2010. At the end of 2011 growing season, when the trees will be 3-4 meters high, a first selection will reduce their number by 80% (maintaining about 20% from each provenance). The remaining material will be planted both in the nursery (for further evaluations) and in a parent plant orchard where, as soon as they start flowering, a first crossing will be made.

Fig. 21: Monviso is the highest peak of the Cuneo province(3841m).Alasia has developed a clone adapted to cooler climates named 'Monviso'.

Fig. 22: Poplar male flower

Fig. 23: Poplar fruits

Fig. 24: Poplar poles just harvested and put in water

Fig. 25: 5 years cycle plantation

Fig. 26: Experimental plantation in Spain

Pictures from the field trip