In the Mediterranean region, the stone pine (Pinus pinea L.) plays an important economic (wood, biomass and pine nut production), ecological (as a coloniser and stabiliser of eroded soils, consolidation of dunes in coastal areas) and social role (rural development, employment of local communities).
It is a forest species native to the European Mediterranean basin, where its stands are the largest, with more than half a million hectares in the Iberian Peninsula (75% of its total surface area worldwide) and more than half of the plantations located in Andalusia. The pine nut is one of the most expensive nuts in the world, and the species performs well in poor soils but also in extreme climatic conditions. In this context, the workshop aims to bring together forest and industrial managers, forest owners and scientists to share knowledge about the Mediterranean stone pine and to analyse its current and potential challenges.
This event is structured in three days: 1) technical session (31 March); 2) scientific session (1 April); and 3) field session (2 April; Doñana Natural Park – restoration after a forest fire and managed experimental sites). Presentations and debates will be given by local administrations, managers and experts from Andalusia and other Spanish regions (Galicia, Madrid and Castilla y León), offering the opportunity to discuss key aspects of stone pine management.
The official language of the event is Spanish.