How to plan tomorrow's forest

In Mediterranean areas, forests are under threat. Climate and land-use changes have been causing forest decline and lack of natural regeneration. This video shows how local site characteristics influence the long-term forest growth.

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In semi-arid zones forest cover provides important ecosystem services such as avoidance of soil erosion, increasing water retention, soil formation as well as provide woody and non-woody forest products. However, these forests are under threat. Being located in areas strongly limited by water availability, climate and land use changes have led to its decline and lack of natural regeneration.

This video is a starting point for reflecting on the importance of looking for characteristics at the local (micro) level. Quantifying the influence of local factors at different scale levels and with spatial continuity may contribute to a better forest’ management of these ecosystems. Using this knowledge we can better plan the ecological restoration, with a greater probability of planted trees’ survival and, thus, successfully regenerate tomorrow’s forest.

Maria Amélia Martins-Loução

President , Portuguese Ecological Society

Soil Ecology / Plant Conservation / Ecosystem services Full Professor. Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes. Faculdade de Ciências. Universidade de Lisboa

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