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Fire has been for centuries a modeler of Mediterranean landscapes in southern Europe. Climate change as well as current trends in land use and landscape changes are triggering extreme fire activity, posing new challenges to the region. Paulo Fernandes explains which are these new challenges, and what...
The coronavirus crisis, as well as the recurrent forest fire crises we experience every year in many areas of the planet, are only the tip of the iceberg of a much larger crisis: our economic system. A system addicted to fossil resources and economic growth at all...
Decades of study have shown and quantified the impact of climate change on forests around the world. Changes in growth patterns, drought induced mortality, and species distribution shift have been observed in many forest ecosystems as well as the additional effects on water availability, increase numbers of...
Alongside wood-based products, forests also produce Non-Wood Forest Products (NWFPs), such as berries, mushrooms, aromatic, medicinal and decorative plant material, nuts, saps and resins. In Europe, collecting NWFPs is an important part of cultural heritage and is closely linked to the recreational function of forests. Moreover, NWFPs...
More than two years have passed since the beginning of the My Sustainable Forest project, which is already facing the final stretch of its completion in the upcoming months, and today it can successfully announce the development of a portfolio of ready-made services based on remote sensing...
This opinion essay was originally published on the EFI blog. A globalized crisis We have to pinch ourselves to make sure it is not just a bad dream: the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic crisis has turned the world upside...
This post was originally thought to be a wrap-up of the SIMRA project, and summary of what we lived in our SIMRA Final Conference held last February in Brussels. Whereas I will try to stick to this aim, the context in which I am now writing inevitably...
Forests are an essential part of the terrestrial ecosystem. They are indispensable to ensure the balance of ecosystems and to combat climate change. Social Forest is dedicated to caring for forests through sustainable forestry. We cooperate with companies and organizations that are ready to take on their...
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has declared 2020 as a “super year” for nature. For many reasons, it needs to be. As the climate crisis intensifies, its impacts are impossible to ignore. Global biodiversity loss, extreme weather events, blazing wildfires: all add urgency to the warnings that...
Social innovation is everywhere. A search in Google lands 1,320 million hits. Google Scholar finds 3,700,000 resources, and if we look it up in Google Trends, we’ll see that the interest has grown since 2004. In my case, the...