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.
The project INFORMED organized two events:
- International Conference “From science to practice, what can be learned from interdisciplinary research in relation to future ecosystem services of Mediterranean forests?” in Zagreb, Croatia, May 9th 2018
- Round-panel session “Resilience and adaptation of forest social-ecological systems in the context of global change” at the EuroScience Open Forum ESOF2018 in Toulouse, France, July 10th 2018
Consult the abstracts and take home messages of these events here .
- 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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