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Uncontrolled, extreme forest fires can have a devastating impact on the ecosystems where they occur: one of the most visible of these consequences is the destruction of landscapes. Forest loss due to fire incidents is often lamented – as clearly seen in the case of recent fires...
Remote sensing technology allows us to obtain information from any spot on Earth without having to be physically there. Thanks to this science, we can gather empirical data to face the most pressing challenges that affect our planet – we can do so in an extraordinary way:...
Innovative contracts are providing extra income and social recognition for shepherds working to reduce forest fire risk. These indicator-based contracts, as well as policy commitments and trusting relationships, nourish the achievements of the Andalusian Network of Grazed Fuel Breaks in Spain. “Goats are our...
If we want to manage forests for maximum welfare outcomes, we need to boost the provision of bundled forest ecosystem services. But to get there, we first need to know where different ecosystem services are happening most, so we can set our priorities for where in space our forest conservation and...
Gardeners, ecosystem engineers and landscapers: fruit-eating birds are playing a fundamental role in protecting biodiversity and recovering vegetation in habitats affected by external disturbances, such as fires, storms, floods or strong winds. Bird-mediated restoration in the Mediterranean is based on the role of trees as perches for fruit-eating...
The key conclusions of the recent IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) Global Assessment provoked urgent newspaper headlines: "nature's dangerous decline unprecedented"; "one million species at risk of extinction"; "human society under urgent threat from loss of Earth’s natural life". This urgency is not...
Mushroom picking is a growing recreational activity in Europe and has a rich history as a traditional practice in many areas across the Mediterranean region. Mushrooms are primarily collected in wild forest ecosystems. Their collection can have benefits beyond a recreational level by supporting the commercial sector,...
When I started studying forestry, there were several things I thought I'd never do. One of them was searching for books on international relations in the library. Another was paging through policy analysis manuals. Yet, once the field of forest policy drew my attention, it was only...
There is so much that we can learn from forests. They are valuable to support biodiversity, to provide resources for human needs, to filter the air and water, and to mitigate climate change through carbon storage. These services are increasingly essential, as global change intensifies the importance...
The 21st of March is the official first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. The day of the equinox, in which plants start to blossom and sprout as warm air begins to invade our latitudes. Not only this, this day is also celebrated throughout the world...