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Mediterranean forests are complex social-ecological systems that provide multiple goods and services.

Mediterranean forests are complex social-ecological systems that provide multiple goods and services. Thinking adaptive management options to increase their resilience in the context of global change and related uncertainties requires a new paradigm, focusing on trajectories rather than states of the forest. Our metadisciplinary research on the basic mechanisms and their interactions that drive the trajectory of the social-ecological system aims to :

1 - produce global change scenarios specifically dedicated to the Mediterranean forests;

2 - develop process-based approach of biodiversity and functional response of Mediterranean forests to disturbance;

3 - develop integrated assessment of ecosystem services and their dynamics based on ecosystem functions and their economic evaluation;

4 - assess adaptive forest management strategies, policy and governance options for their expected impact on resilience.

This project contributes to the Mediterranean Forest Research Agenda 2010-2020.