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Title: Forest management for adaptation to climate change in the Mediterranean basin: A synthesis of evidence
Authors: Vilà-Cabrera, Albert
Coll, Lluis
Martinez-Vilalta, Jordi
Retana, Javier
Contact Email: albert.vilacabrera@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Climate change
Disturbance
Forest adaptation
Management strategies
Mediterranean ecosystems
Resilience
Trade-off
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2018
Citation: Vilà-Cabrera A, Coll L, Martinez-Vilalta J & Retana J (2018) Forest management for adaptation to climate change in the Mediterranean basin: A synthesis of evidence, Forest Ecology and Management, 407, pp. 16-22.
Abstract: As global climate becomes warmer, the maintenance of the structure and function of Mediterranean forests constitutes a key challenge to forest managers. Despite the need for forest adaptation, an overall evaluation of the efficacy of current management strategies is lacking. Here we describe a theoretical framework for classifying management strategies, explicitly recognizing trade-offs with other, untargeted ecosystem components. We then use this framework to provide a quantitative synthesis of the efficacy of management strategies in the Mediterranean basin. Our review shows that research has focused on strategies aimed at decreasing risk and promoting resistance in the short-term, rather than enhancing long-term resilience. In addition, management strategies aiming at short-term benefits frequently have unintended consequences on other adaptation objectives and untargeted ecosystem components. Novel empirical studies and experiments focusing both on adaptation objectives and multiple responses and processes at the ecosystem level are needed. Such progress is essential to improve the scientific basis of forest management strategies and support forest adaptation in the Mediterranean basin.
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2017.10.021
Rights: This item has been embargoed for a period. During the embargo please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author. You can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study. Accepted refereed manuscript of: Vilà-Cabrera A, Coll L, Martinez-Vilalta J & Retana J (2018) Forest management for adaptation to climate change in the Mediterranean basin: A synthesis of evidence, Forest Ecology and Management, 407, pp. 16-22. DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2017.10.021 © 2017, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution- NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0

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