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

Rejuvenate is a European project funded through the ERA-net SNOWMAN umbrella, developing approaches for using marginal land, in particular brownfields, for biomass production. The project started in 2009 as a desk top study (Rejuvenate1) and was carried out in cooperation between Bioclear BV (The Netherlands), Dechema (Germany), r3 Environmental Technology Ltd (UK), and the Swedish Geotechnical Institute (Sweden). The team of Rejuvenate1 developed a decision support tool (DST) for sustainable management of contaminated marginal land.

Phase II: Demonstration projects and evaluation decision support tool
In Rejuvenate2 we has applied the DST to three practical applications at realistic scales in order to i) validate and optimise the decision making framework, ii) provide detailed case studies for the reuse of contaminated land for biofuel crop production and iii) to extend the scope of the DST by applying and validating it in three new jurisdictions (Belgium, Netherlands and Romania).

The goal is to facilitate transparent and robust decision making to assist 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.

Work packages
Rejuvenate2 consists of five work packages (WPs):

WP1  Project Management and Co-ordination
WP2  Dissemination and Exploitation
WP3  Biofuel Cultivation for Use, Test and Development of DST for Sustainable Biofuel
        Crop on Contaminated Land
WP4  SWOT Analyses of the DST
WP5  Legal and Economic Feasibility of the DST

Rejuvenate2 is funded under the umbrella of ERA-net SNOWMAN (Sustainable maNagement of sOil and groundWater under the pressure of soil pollution and soil contaMinAtioN) by organisations from Belgium, the Netherlands, Romania and Sweden:

Belgium Flanders
Openbare Vlaamse Afvalstoffenmaatschappij, OVAM

The Netherlands
Stichting Kennisontwikkeling en Kennisoverdracht Bodem, SKB