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Linking biomass production in short rotation coppice with soil protection and nature conservation

Rainer Petzold (1)   , David Butler-Manning (2), Norbert Feldwisch (3), Thomas Glaser (4), Peter A Schmidt (5), Maik Denner (6), Karl-Heinz Feger (7)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 7, Issue 6, Pages 353-362 (2014)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor1168-007
Published: May 19, 2014 - Copyright © 2014 SISEF

Research Articles

Collection/Special Issue: RegioResources21
Spatial information and participation of socio-ecological systems: experiences, tools and lessons learned for land-use planning
Guest Editors: Daniele La Rosa, Carsten Lorz, Hannes Jochen König, Christine Fürst

Biomass from short rotation coppice (SRC) plantations has attracted widespread attention as a component of new sustainable energy concepts. Nevertheless, as yet the surface area of SRC plantations in Europe is relatively low compared to other biomass producing land-use systems. This is somewhat incomprehensible because it has been shown that SRC systems also offer distinct ecological benefits. Therefore, greater consideration of the related ecosystem services should be incorporated into land-use planning processes. Presented in this study is a conceptual framework for the integration of soil protection and nature conservation into the spatial prioritization of areas suitable for SRC. This approach includes the development of a site-specific yield model and the identification and classification of criteria and indicators for both soil protection and nature conservation. The basic concept for planning procedures was established and tested for the State of Saxony (Germany). Existing constraints were identified, and could be attributed mainly to the availability of adequate information at different spatial scales. The regional-scale study emphasized the considerable biomass potential of SRC and the related synergy effects for soil protection and nature conservation. Future work should focus on the local (district, farm) and catchment scale and attempt to integrate additional aspects such as hydrological ecosystem services and carbon sequestration.


Short Rotation Coppice, Yield Estimation, Soil Protection, Nature Conservation, Land Use Planning

Authors’ address

Rainer Petzold
Public Enterprise Sachsenforst, Competence Center for Wood and Forestry, Bonnewitzer Str. 34, 01769 Pirna (Germany)
David Butler-Manning
TU Dresden, Institute of International Forestry and Forest Products, Pienner Str. 19, 01737 Tharandt (Germany)
Norbert Feldwisch
Consulting Engineers, Ingenieurbüro Feldwisch, Karl-Phillip-Str. 1, 51429 Bergisch Gladbach (Germany)
Thomas Glaser
Office for Nature Conservation and Sustainable Land Use, Rittergut 16, 01909 Großhartau (Germany)
Peter A Schmidt
TU Dresden, Institute of General Ecology and Environmental Protection, Pienner Str. 7, 01737 Tharandt (Germany)
Maik Denner
Saxon State Agency for Environment, Agriculture and Geology, Postfach 540137, 01311 Dresden (Germany)
Karl-Heinz Feger
TU Dresden, Institute of Soil Science and Site Ecology, Pienner Str. , 01737 Tharandt (Germany)

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Petzold R, Butler-Manning D, Feldwisch N, Glaser T, Schmidt PA, Denner M, Feger K-H (2014). Linking biomass production in short rotation coppice with soil protection and nature conservation. iForest 7: 353-362. - doi: 10.3832/ifor1168-007

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Marco Borghetti

Paper history

Received: Oct 31, 2013
Accepted: Nov 14, 2013

First online: May 19, 2014
Publication Date: Dec 01, 2014
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