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Ecosystem services are the “benefits people obtain from ecosystems”1 or “nature’s contribution to people.”2 Managing forests with a focus on ecosystem services presents new opportunities to preserve services like carbon sequestration and soil protection, as well as valuing and protecting intangible benefits provided by forest ecosystems, including recreation, health and cultural services.

2021 WEFE Nexus Science Advances Conference

Sustainable development in the Mediterranean region is facing a combination of challenges that are likely to undermine livelihoods. The Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems (WEFE) Nexus...
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Growing forests: What benefits does natural forest expansion offer to society?

Forests in Europe are expanding. Despite headlines highlighting threats to forests and their ecosystems, like deforestation and natural disturbances due to the...

Heike Freire’s Green Pedagogy approach hits Catalonia

Green Pedagogy is a permanent process in which individuals and communities become aware of their environment and learn the knowledge, values, skills,...

Towards an EU policy framework for forest ecosystem services

The SINCERE Talks webinar series continues with an insightful debate on the changing policy framework at EU level for forest ecosystem services,...

TreeCities4Med Webinar: Projects supporting Urban Forestry

Version française en bas / French version below TreeCities4MED - Webinar 2: INDNATUR and URBforDAN: two INTERREG projects in...

Webinar – Payment for Ecosystem Services: an option to finance restoration

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and WWF Lab are organising a knowledge sharing forum entitled "Payment for Ecosystem Services: An Option...
Snowy village in Catalonian Pyrenees

Spontaneous forest regrowth in Southwest Europe: Friend or Foe?

Think about a natural space that is familiar to you. Open areas around your city, agricultural land around your village, or pastureland...

Forest management in the Mediterranean key to ecosystem services provision

Forests in the Mediterranean basin have historically contributed to human well-being and to national economies by providing multiple...
waterfall in a forest

SINCERE Talks series kicks off with a focus on forests and water

Forests and water are intricately linked. But the relationships between them are complex and are changing with the changing climate. The first...
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When nature meets the divine: Religious rules protect sacred forests

Sacred forests are found all over the world; they are not restricted to any religion or belief system. They are wooded areas...

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Growing forests: What benefits does natural forest expansion offer to society?

Forests in Europe are expanding. Despite headlines highlighting threats to forests and their ecosystems, like deforestation and natural disturbances due to the...

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