Coupling water, fire and climate resilience with biomass production from forestry to adapt watersheds to climate change
RESILIENT FORESTS is further progressing and our team is happy to announce that the graphic layout of the Decision Support System is ready. It will be fully presented in the next months through dedicated online sessions, videos and posts. Stay tuned!
In June 2021, RESILIENT FORESTS organized a public workshop having the following objectives:
1- Evaluate the participants' feedbacks on the usefulness of the DSS tool
2- Identify the ecosystem services and their related socio-economic activities
The workshop gathered local experts specialised in economic, development and environmental aspects. The advantage of engaging municipal professionals allows the project to benefit from their comprehensive knowledge of the socioeconomic dynamics of the territorial areas under their responsibility and therefore their contributions are relevant to verify the utility / acceptability of the tool.
According to FAO, the Mediterranean region has more than 25 million hectares of Mediterranean forests and about 50 million hectares of other Mediterranean wooded lands. They have an exceptional variety of forest ecosystems, contain an impressive plant and animal diversity, and generate a large number of environmental services (ES) that make crucial contributions to rural development, poverty alleviation, food security, as well as the agricultural, water, tourism, and energy sectors (Vilà-Cabrera et al 2018). Unfortunately, the Mediterranean region is also one of the most reactive regions to climate change and it has been defined as a major “hotspot” (Giorgi and Lionello, 2008). The primary projected impacts of climate change here are: rapid change in the water cycle due to increased evaporation and lower precipitation (between 15 and 30 percent by 2030); a decrease in soil water storage capacity, and thus an acceleration of desertification already underway (overexploitation and depletion of soils); a northward shift of marine and terrestrial biodiversity (animals and plants); and extinction of the most climate-sensitive or least mobile species and colonization by new species [....]
We have launched a news series of infographics describing the Decision Support System developed by the project and our forest management approach!
In this infographic you can see a depiction of the positive effects that a sound Forest management can have on the reference ecosystem.
In this infographic you can see how the Forest Management approach developed in our project works.
The main tool is a Decision Support System (DSS tool) which allows forest managers to select the IR objectives and choose the optimum approach to reach them.
Thinning the Wood? the DSS tool tells you HOW to do it!
The project LIFE RESILIENT FORESTS – Coupling water, fire and climate resilience with biomass production from forestry to adapt watersheds to climate change is co-funded by the LIFE Programme of the European Union under contract number LIFE 17 CCA/ES/000063.
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