Coupling water, fire and climate resilience with biomass production from forestry to adapt watersheds to climate change

LIFE RESILIENT FORESTS is a project co-funded by the European Union’s LIFE Programme to promote a forest management approach at the watershed scale that improves forests resilience to wildfires, water scarcity, environmental degradation and other effects induced by climate change

Climate change and forest ecosystems

The effects of climate change and climate variability on forest ecosystems are evident around the world and impacts are unavoidable, at least in the short and medium term. Climate change affects forest ecosystems negatively by making forests less resilient to disturbances, such as the reduction of plant growth, the frequency and the intensity of pest and disease outbreaks, wildfires and wind storms.

The effects on European forests ecosystems

Between 1950 and 2000 in Europe an average of 35 million m3 wood was damaged annually by disturbances such as storms (53%) and wildfires (16%). The years 2003 and 2007 demonstrated that forest fires can be devastating when large scale droughts prevail. Climate change will increase the number and severity of droughts in many parts of Europe and will affect the availability of water resources. During the last 30 years, the total EU area affected by water scarcity and droughts doubled from 6 to 13%, economic losses of this increase were estimated at 100 billion Euro.

Latest from the project

How to better manage your forest? The second RF webinar

On the 28th October the second webinar of the Resilient Forests project took place. In a period where physical meetings and events are not possible, the project partners are relying more and more to virtual form of dissemination like Webinars. This webinar was the...

Resilient Forests featured in the Spanish TV programme “Reduce tu Huella”

On the 10th of October, the Spanish TV programme "Reduce tu huella" (reduce your footprint) broadcasted an episode focussing on the wildfires that have plagued Spain in recent years and how they have been managed. It was the chance to talk about forest management and...

Resilient Forests featured on Spanish TV

On the 22nd of June 2020 the local spanish TV "A Punt" broadcasted a press report on the biomass management in the Municipality of Serra. The LIFE Resilient Forests project was mentioned during the service as a positive initiative building up on the "Serra model"....

Webinar on “Innovative solutions for forest management”: video and presentations

On the 27th May 2020, the LIFE project Resilient Forests has organized an online webinar to present before a wide audience the first encouraging project results and show how the DSS tool "C.A.F.E." works. The full viedo of the webinar can be retrieved here, we...

Project Webinar: Innovative solutions for Forest management: the experience of LIFE Resilient Forests

May 27, 2020 11:00 AM >> REGISTER HERE! A sustainable and effective forest management is a key element to tackle climate change and to preserve our precious environment. The Resilient Forest project is developing new tools and approaches for a new and innovative way...

Newsletter April 2020 – LIFE Resilient Forests

Read the full newsletter HERE At glance: April is almost over and, despite COVID19, LIFE RESILIENT FORESTS has achieved new progress. This is mainly coming in the form of the Alpha version of C.A.F.E., the Decision Support System Tool (DSS) for forest managers. In the...

Forests management should be planned at watershed level, to maximize the benefits of healthy forests in preserving water resources – the Resilient Forest project coordinator interview for the Spanish radio

Resilient Forests project is at the centre of the debate on forests issue. "There is no doubting on the role forests play for the life of our planet" said the Spanish radio, Canal Extremadura, which is interested in better understanding and spreading the problems...

Forest Innovation Workshop and Rosewood Final Conference – How cooperation and best practices exchange can lead to face climate change

ROSEWOOD Network Conference and Forestry Innovation Workshop 2020 brought together experts of the wood value chain to discuss the future of the sector in Europe. With forest fires of unprecedented intensity raging in Australia, the future of forestry is more than ever...

How to manage forest wildfires – Resilient Forests Coordinators featured in documentary by Spanish El Pais

Following the increasing forest devastations, the Spanish newspaper El País has realized the importance of raising citizens’ awareness of this urgent subject. Among the various initiatives that have been carried out to address this problem, the country’s main...

Partners meeting at end of the first year shows positive results of LIFE RESILIENT FORESTS

The third project meeting of LIFE RESILIENT FORESTS was held last November in the town of Jülich, Germany. The project is developing a software which will support decision makers in the choice of optimal forest management systems, in order to maximize forest ecosystem services.


  Decision Support System

LIFE Resilient Forest will develop a system to introduce climate change adaptation strategies in forest management across Europe. This tool will be based on a successful approach already adopted by the municipality of Serra (Valencia, Spain).


A replication strategy will be developed for transferring this approach, so it can be applied elsewhere across Europe.


Networking activities will be developed so the project can take advantage of other successful initiatives related to forest management and climate change, and to facilitate the transfer of information on forest management and climate change initiatives.


The support system will be adapted to different conditions and demonstrated at three locations in Germany, Portugal and Spain, both at sub-catchment and at catchment scale.


The project will conduct a complete monitoring of the impacts, including a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of the system, to prove the environmental soundness of the approach and its socioeconomic effects in rural areas.


LIFE RESILIENT FORESTS will carry out a wide dissemination action to reach out both public and private stakeholders and to achieve a positive impact on regulations and policies for forest management across Europe.

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