international Conference PROFORBIOMED

06/25/2014 Marseille (France)

The final international conference of the PROFORBIOMED project was held on June 19th-20th, 2014 in Marseille, France, on the theme of development of biomass, its impacts and its future in the Mediterranean basin. 

The field visit on June 19th, as an introduction to the conference itself, was an opportunity to present the local context to the project partners and local actors (nearly 90 people in total), from Rognes to Valabre through Lambesc.

The morning was devoted to activities conducted in the project by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Regional Centre of forest ownership (CRPF): information and grouping of forest owners, new tree falling techniques, relationship between local elected officials and private owners.

The outdoor session ended with a visit to the wood energy platform of the cooperative Provence Forest before joining the auditorium Gilbert Pauril, on the site of the "Entente pour la Forêt méditerranéenne" à Valabre where presentations offered the opportunity to present the work carried out by the Community of Pays d'Aix around the forest theme, as well as two local discussion forums, the Regional Mission wood energy and the Regional biomass committee.

The afternoon was particularly marked by the presentation of the projects of biomass plant in Gardanne (E.on) and Brignoles (Innova) and the presence of the collectives opposing this projects, PROFORBIOMED becoming a neutral place of exchange between the two camps.


On Friday, June 20th, 2014, the international conference, hosted by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region and opened by Mr. Charles Laugier, delegate to the forest in the name of President Michel Vauzelle, brought together nearly 70 people around the problem of the use of biomass in the Mediterranean area.

Participants, local and international actors of biomass and forest in the Mediterranean region gathered around the partners, had to answer, through two workshops, to two major questions: where and how to mobilize biomass? and which technologies and organizations to put in place?

Presentations of project actions (pilot projects, capitalisation and communication activities) deliverered tangible insights to the issues raised and supported the discussions.

Ultimately, a final discussion led to the synthesis of the various exchanges, and draw paths for the future of forest biomass in the Mediterranean area.