Adaptive Management to Global Change in Mediterranean Quercus stands

In Spain, Mediterranean Quercus forest stands occupy more than 7 million hectares. Global change is expected to bring an increase in arid conditions, especially in the Mediterranean while, at the same time, a new energy scenario will increase demands on forest lands, in particular for the provision of biomass. In this context, management for adaptation to global change in these stands will be key in the forthcoming decades.

quercus book_150.jpg : 79.51171875KbIn this new publication, written with the support of the Biodiversity Foundation, a range of measures are proposed for Mediterranean Quercus stands, to improve their existing condition and their capacity to adapt to global change, while conserving their productive, environmental and social functions.

These measures aim at improving vitality and the potential to adapt to regeneration, reducing vulnerability to big forest fires, promoting heterogeneity, facilitating genetic adaptation and improving habitat quality and biodiversity conservation. Finally several examples are presented describing actual interventions on the theme of adaptive management to global change, such as coppicing and thinning, treatments to assist natural regeneration or the application of pruning in pasturelands.

The book “Adaptive Management to Global Change in Mediterranean Quercus stands” has been published by the Forest Sciences Center of Catalonia (CTFC) in collaboration with the Biodiversity Foundation and is available in Catalan or Castillian Spanish for download (free of charge).

Vericat, P., Piqué, M., Serrada, R. (eds.) (2012)
Gestión adaptativa al cambio global en masas de Quercus mediterráneos
Centre Tecnològic Forestal de Catalunya. Solsona (Lleida), 172 págs. ISBN: 978-84-616-1893-4

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