This is the fourth of a series of videos filmed in March 2019, during a trip across the Parque Natural de La Sierra Calderona, In these videos IIAMA researchers María González Sanchis and Antonio Del Campo, guide us across the Parc, showing the effects of recurring droughts and pests occurring to the local forests when they are not managed and how a sustainable management of forest resources can help to increase their resilience.
In this episode – Managed Forests versus Unmanaged
We stop at a site showing a plot of recently managed forest next to a dense stand of unmanaged forest. Antonio and Maria explain the differences between the two and why it is important to adopt a sustainable management system to make those forests more resilient.
Forests and climate change
The effects of climate change on forest ecosystems are becoming more and more evident around the world. Climate change is increasing droughts in many parts of Europe and is making forests ecosystems less resilient to disturbances. This severely affects the availability of water resources for both urban populations and for agriculture. During the last 30 years, the total area affected by water scarcity and droughts doubled in the EU, causing economic losses for 100 billion Euro. Coordinated by Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, the LIFE RESILIENT FORESTS project promotes a forest management approach at the watershed scale to improve forests resilience to wildfires, water scarcity, and other effects induced by climate change.