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Innovative management strategies for climate change adaptation of mixed subhumid Mediterranean forests

Reference: LIFE15 CCA/ES/000060 | Acronym: LIFE MixForChange

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

BACKGROUND

Mixed sub-humid Mediterranean forests are ecosystems with great relevance at European level and worldwide. The foreseeable effects of climate change are expected to have a strong impact on the value and functions of such forests. These effects will be aggravated by a number of factors, including: the prevalence of species poorly adapted to severe droughts; the low profitability of their management and the subsequent abandonment of traditional forestry practices; their location, in many cases, in highly populated and urbanised areas; a lack of public awareness; and the lack of integration of forest management and climate change adaptation into local and regional policies.


OBJECTIVES

The main aim of the project is to contribute to the adaptation to climate change of European mixed sub-humid Mediterranean forests by increasing their resilience, ensuring their conservation and enhancing their productive, environmental and social functions. In particular, the project aims to:

  • Develop, implement and demonstrate innovative forest management techniques designed to increase the resilience and intrinsic adaptation capacity of different types of sub-humid Mediterranean forests. The project will test these silvicutural techniques on pilot demonstration forest stands;
  • Develop new tools for integrating the adaptation to climate change of sub-humid Mediterranean forests in the policy and legal framework related to forest management, such as enhanced local policy actions where this type of forest is located in areas highly dependent on its social and environmental functions;
  • Develop new tools to strengthen the economics of forest management, linked to the products that sub-humid Mediterranean forests can provide, in order to foster economic sustainability of mid- and long-term forest management aimed at climate change adaptation, and to prevent the abandonment of forest activities; and
  • Transfer implemented techniques and developed tools to regional and European stakeholders (forest owners and managers, public bodies, companies and decision-makers) from areas hosting sub-humid Mediterranean forests, in order to improve the long-term management and conservation of these habitats, to raise social awareness about the relevance of the problems addressed within the project and to maintain sustainable economic activities that guarantee the conservation of these forests.
  • Expected results: The project will test innovative silvicultural models on 177 ha of pilot demonstration forest stands, distributed across four areas representative of the bioclimatic gradient and the diversity of sub-humid Mediterranean forests and the problems that they face regarding climate change. It is expected that this will lead to the following results:

  • Reducing competition between trees, whilst increasing their vitality and water use efficiency;
  • Increasing the structural diversity and complexity of the forests in the pilot stands; and
  • Increasing forest biodiversity.
  • Additional expected results include:

  • The cataloguing and dissemination to opinion leaders and business sectors that may find useful added-value products from sub-humid Mediterranean forests;
  • Design of a pilot system for the logistics and commercialisation of products from these stands, accepted and validated by local forest owners;
  • Improvement of the forest legal framework in order to integrate the management of sub-humid Mediterranean forests to climate change adaptation actions;
  • Transferability achieved through targeted involvement of stakeholders, including at least 215 specialised participants in dissemination and training activities;
  • Having the innovative silvicultural models included in the Guidelines for Sustainable Forest Management in Catalonia (ORGEST) system;
  • Active participation of at least five municipalities in the development of the project actions; and
  • At least 10 municipalities attending the communication and dissemination actions.

  • ADMINISTRATIVE DATA


    Reference: LIFE15 CCA/ES/000060
    Acronym: LIFE MixForChange
    Start Date: 01/10/2016
    End Date: 30/06/2022
    Total Budget: 1,308,001 €
    EU Contribution: 781,229 €
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    CONTACT DETAILS


    Coordinating Beneficiary: Centre Tecnolgic Forestal de Catalunya
    Legal Status: PAT
    Address: Ctra vella Sant Lloren Km 2, 25280, Solsona, España
    Contact Person: Míriam Piqué
    Email: miriam.pique.projectes@ctfc.es
    Tel: 34973481752
    Website: http://www.ctfc.cat


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    ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ADDRESSED

    THEMES

    • Natural resources and ecosystems

    KEYWORDS

    • decision making support
    • biodiversity
    • forest management

    TARGET EU LEGISLATION

    • Directive 92/43 - Conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora- Habitats Directive (21.05.1992)
    • COM(2013) 249 final “Communication from the Commission on Green Infrastructure (GI) - Enhancing Europe’s Natural Capital” (06.05.2013)
    • COM(2011) 244 final “Our life insurance, our natural capital: an EU biodiversity strategy to 2020” (03.05.2011)
    • COM(2013)216 - EU Strategy on adaptation to climate change (16.04.2013)

    BENEFICIARIES

    Name Type
    Centre Tecnolgic Forestal de Catalunya Coordinator
    Associació de Propietaris Forestals Serra de Bellmunt-Collsacabra, Spain Participant
    Centre de la Propietat Forestal, Spain Participant
    Associació de Propietaris del Montnegre Corredor, Spain Participant

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