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Innovative forest management for climate change adaptation in sub-humid Mediterranean conditions

26.02.2018 13:29

LIFE MixForChange (2016-2021) aims to contribute to the adaptation to climate change of European sub-humid Mediterranean mixed forests by increasing their resilience, ensuring their conservation and enhancing their productive, environmental and social functions.

The project is developed in four areas of eastern Catalonia (NE Spain). During 2018 it will implement 164 ha of demonstrative silvicultural treatments on stands representative of the sub-humid Mediterranean conditions. The forest types addressed are mixed stands dominated by holm oak (Quercus ilex), other sub-humid Mediterranean oaks (Quercus canariensis, Q humilis, Q petraea), chestnut (Castanea sativa) and pines (Pinus sylvestris, P pinea).

 

At present, these stands, which are often located in peri-urban areas, show various limitations to the generation of bioeconomy opportunities and environmental services: most of them are over dense and show poor vitality, regeneration capacity and growth rates. The silvicultural treatments to be applied aim to diversify the range of species and structures present, improving water use efficiency by reducing stand density and increasing the proportion of valuable timber.

Other activities foreseen in the project include the preparation of various technical and dissemination documents including management guidelines, technical paper, trainings and conferences related to forest management, tree quality assessment, forest products marketing and climate change adaptation of peri-urban forests.

The project is conducted by four beneficiaries: Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia (CTFC, coordinator), Forest Ownership Centre (CPF) and the forest owners associations of two ranges: Serra de Bellmunt Collsacabra (APFSBE) and Montnegre i Corredor (APMC).

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Acknowledgements: LIFE MixForChange (LIFE15 CCA/ES/000060) is a LIFE Climate Change Adaptation Project, funded by the LIFE Programme.

 

Source: LIFE MixForChange




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