INFORMED : a research project investigating management options to foster resilience of Mediterranean forests under different global change scenarios. This project contributes to the Mediterranean Forest Research Agenda 2010-2020.
- Adaptation : trees will have to adapt to new climate conditions or migrate and follow the displacement of their climatic niche (Mt Ventoux, France).
- Biodiversity : biodiversity is not fixed, its trajectory is driven by environmental factors, management and history (Mt Ventoux, France).
- Ecosystem services : Mediterranean forests are visited by different kinds of actors and provide multiple goods and services (SE France).
- Ecosystem services : the trees planted 150 years ago to restore an eroded over-grazed area have naturally regenerated creating a new dynamic forest ecosystem (Luberon, France).
- Disturbance : thanks to its biodiversity, this forest has globally resisted to severe drought in 2003 eventhough some of its components suffered (SE France).
- Resilience : this oak had dropped its leaves during a severe drought event to avoid waste of water by transpiration, it now recovers (Mt Ventoux, France).
- Disturbance : post-fire recovery of the forest ecosystem will depend on trees survival or seed regeneration (Corsica, France).
- Disturbance : in some pine species, serotiny is the capacity to keep the seeds protected in closed cones for years until fire comes, releasing seeds in favourable post-fire conditions.
- Biodiversity : sexual reproduction is the basic mechanim that permanently reshuffles the genetic diversity and allows evolution of tree populations.
- Management : forest management, here a fuel break, has a direct impact on forest biodiversity and functions, which determine the ecosystem services provided (Luberon, France).
- Management : prescribed burning is an example of controled disturbance used as a forest management tool for fire prevention, sometimes also used for biodiversity management (SE France).
- Adaptation : scientists and practioners share their expertise to better understand the processes that drive the forest trajectory in the mean and long-term (Mt Ventoux, France).
- Biodiversity : old Quercus pubescens tree (reflecting past coppice management) inside a Pinus sylvestris stand near Solsona (NE Spain).
- Resilience : Quercus pubescens sprouts in a previously dominated Pinus nigra forest fifteen years after the occurrence of a large wildifire near Solsona (NE Spain).
- Resilience : post-fire Pinus nigra regeneration from unburned edges in areas affected by a large wildfires.
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