EFI launches a new book series: What Science Can Tell Us

We live in an intricate and changing environment with interrelated feedback between ecosystems, society, economy and the environment. EFI’s ‘What Science Can Tell Us’ series is based on collective scientific expert reviews providing interdisciplinary background information on key and complex forest-related issues for policy and decision makers, citizens and society in general.

The first volume in the series – Water for Forests and People in the Mediterranean: A Challenging Balance – guides the reader through the basics of water cycle, the concepts of blue and green water, their possible trade-off and the related key challenges with focus on the Mediterranean region and its specificities. The book also contributes to bridge the gap between scientific evidence and public perception.

There is a need to provide more comprehensive knowledge to policy makers on the forest/water interface within the framework of different policy initiatives (e.g. the EU Water Framework Directive, Green Infrastructures, and Forest Europe). This need becomes urgent in the Mediterranean region, which is permanently confronted with the scarcity of water – the main limiting factor for life and the most strategic resource for ensuring the sustainability of the region.

EFIMED – The Mediterranean Regional Office of EFI – has co-ordinated the first volume with contributions from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF) and Forest Sciences Center of Catalonia (CTFC) via the SYLVAMED project.

Download the first volume in pdf-format, also available in French:
Water for Forests and People in the Mediterranean – A Challenging Balance. What Science Can Tell Us 1, 2011. Yves Birot, Carlos Gracia and Marc Palahi (editors).

L’Eau pour les Forêts et les Hommes en Région Méditerranéenne : un équilibre à trouver. What Science Can Tell Us 1. Yves Birot, Carlos Gracia et Marc Palahí (éditeurs)

Further information: Marc Palahí, firstname.lastname(at)efi.int


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