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Sacred forests are wooded areas with spiritual significance for people and rural communities. They represent places of worship and commemorations, where natural elements are intertwined with people’s memories and local beliefs. Sacred forests exist in numerous world religions and cultures, and can be found nearby churches, shrines,...
The effects of climate change on wildfires are widely studied around the world. However, another key process contributing to changing fire regimes in many regions has not received so much testing. This “ingredient” is land-use change, also referred to by its acronym LUC, or the conversion of...
A stunning new photographic exhibition unveils a poetic and emotional insight into the workers who remove the cork from our forests. “Sentir la Sureda” (Sensing the cork oak forest) by American photographer Michele Curel is a recognition of the invisible men of cork and a vindication of...
In the circular sustainable bioeconomy perspective, forested rural areas represent a precious source of the lignocellulose and non-fossil raw materials for established or newly emerging market applications. Within the European Green Deal we need to debate and share visions on how to tap the potential of forested...
A recipe in the making When at home in your kitchen you meticulously follow the steps of a cooking recipe, it is important not to forget any quintessential ingredients -- especially the spices that will ultimately make your dish appetising. How to better...
Bioenergy as a ‘wicked problem’ Forests are often seen as a promising solution for the two major environmental crises of our era: climate change and the rampant loss of biodiversity. They play an important role in storing and regulating carbon, fostering biodiversity, and strengthening the...
Forests in Europe are expanding. Despite headlines highlighting threats to forests and their ecosystems, like deforestation and natural disturbances due to the climate crisis, Europe’s forested area is steadily growing. One reason is active afforestation, or planting trees, as a common approach to increase forest area, while...
Think about a natural space that is familiar to you. Open areas around your city, agricultural land around your village, or pastureland in the mountains where you grew up. Think about how they looked in the 1950s or 1960s, or even search for pictures if you don’t...
The relationship between people and nature is an extremely important one, because positive experiences with nature have mental and physical health benefits and they inspire us to live lifestyles that are more in harmony with biodiversity conservation. So, natural habitats in cities help people to live better...
Out of 216,000 plant species that have been described, 600 have gone extinct since Linnaeus, considered the "father of modern taxonomy", created our modern system of classification. Throughout prehistory, plants are known to have gone extinct through natural causes but, surprisingly, extinction for...