Life Biorgest Project shows sustainable forest management is key to enhancing biodiversity

The Life BIORGEST project was developed in Catalonia (northeast of Spain) and Occitanie (southeast of France) and covered the most widespread and representative forest habitats of community interest in the Mediterranean region of Western Europe.

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September marked the end of the Life Biorgest Project, the aim of which has been to enhance biodiversity in Mediterranean forests through forest management. Over the past five years, dozens of actions have been undertaken in the over 200 hectares from the 28 demonstrative stands in Catalonia and Occitania, which have tested the capacity of multifunctional forests to increase their biodiversity and influence forest maturity processes.

The results are highly positive, having reached a consensus in such complex issues as assessing the biodiversity potential of forests, the best practices and actions for enhancing biodiversity and incentives which encourage investment among land owners.

The project partners recently presented the final results of Life Biorgest during an event held at the Institute for Catalan Studies, in Barcelona.

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EFIMED is the Mediterranean Facility of the European Forest Institute. Based in Barcelona, Spain, it was launched in 2007.