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INFORMED Final Conference: 1st announcement

13.02.2018 12:08

9 May 2018, Zagreb, Croatia

From science to practice, what can be learned from interdisciplinary research in relation to future ecosystem services of Mediterranean forests?

Mediterranean forests hold an important biodiversity and provide multiple goods and services for multiple users, from local to global scale. These include timber, cork, fuel-wood and forage provision, carbon sequestration, water cycle regulation and protection against soil erosion, as well as various recreational and cultural services.

For centuries, human societies have adapted these social-ecological systems to constrained climatic conditions and related risks, such as drought and fire. Most climate change scenarios predict a general increase of such risks at larger scales, so that Mediterranean climate regions can be considered a reservoir of forest resources and experience for adaptation to climate change. Advancing on the understanding of the resilience mechanisms of Mediterranean forest social-ecological systems is of general concern and a potential source of relevant information for other biomes.

Climate change scenarios for the Mediterranean are particularly severe and climatic fluctuations have a high potential impact on long-lived organisms like trees. In the context of change and in the face of increased hazards and uncertainties, a new paradigm emerges where adaptation and long-term preservation of options are both needed, following a more flexible approach to managing forests. In this new paradigm, biodiversity is not only considered as a reservoir of living forms with different hierarchical levels (individuals, populations, communities) but also as a set of processes that permanently puts that diversity in evolution. The resilience of Mediterranean forests results from the interplay between human decisions and actions and natural processes.

Results of the inter-disciplinary research project INFORMED “INtegrated research on FOrest Resilience and Management in the mEDiterranean”, will be presented at an international conference, to be held in Zagreb, Croatia, on 9 May 2018. This will be the final conference of INFORMED, which was funded by the ERA-Net FORESTERRA.

INFORMED was conducted by a consortium of research groups combining expertise in life sciences, forestry sciences and socio-economics, from 10 Mediterranean countries, representing both the Northern and Southern Rim. Research in each discipline was conducted in a series of case study sites, five of which were devoted to interdisciplinary integration, from ecology to economics, aiming to assess multiple ecosystem services under various climate change scenarios and forest policy orientations at three different time horizons. The project aimed to: (1) produce global change scenarios specifically dedicated to Mediterranean forests; (2) develop quantitative assessment of biodiversity and functional response of Mediterranean forests to disturbance and management; (3) develop integrated assessment of ecosystem services, their dynamics and trade-offs based on ecosystem functions and their economic evaluation; and (4) evaluate adaptive management strategies, policy and governance options according to their expected impact on resilience of Mediterranean forests. Speakers at the Conference will include members of the INFORMED consortium and invited guests.

This conference is back-to-back with the IUFRO conference “Sustainable forest management for the future – the role of managerial economics and accounting” taking place at the same location on 10-12th May. It is highly recommended to benefit from this opportunity to attend both events.

Registration open


Source: INFORMED (edited)

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