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Mediterranean forests under focus

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Mediterranean forest ecosystems provide multiple goods and services, including an exceptional richness in terms of biodiversity, which are crucial for the socio-economic development of rural areas as well as for the welfare of the urban populations of the Mediterranean region. Mediterranean forests are very vulnerable and fragile to numerous threats such as forest fires, over-exploitation, deforestation, and degradation. These threats are nowadays accentuated in a context of climate and land use changes. This paper presents the main characteristics, threats and values of Mediterranean forests and discusses the main scientific challenges and policy needs required to ensure the sustainable management and provision of Mediterranean forest goods and services.
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Keywords: Mediterranean forestry; climate change; forest fires; forest values; multi-objective forest planning

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: EFIMED, Mediterranean Regional Office of the European Forest Institute, Passeig Lluis Companys 23, Barcelona, 08010, Spain. 2: EFIMED, Mediterranean Regional Office of the European Forest Institute, Passeig Lluis Companys 23, Barcelona, 08010, Spain; Forest Technology Center of Catalonia, Passeig Lluis Companys 23, Barcelona, 08010, Spain. 3: Universidad de Barcelona and Centre de Recerca Ecolgica i Aplicacions Forestals, Barcelona, Spain.

Publication date: 01 December 2008

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