Silviculture and environment: climate changes, natural capital and landscape

Coordinators: Marco Marchetti (Università del Molise), Giorgio Matteucci (Consiglio Nazionale delle RicercheCNR), Giuseppe Scarascia Mugnozza (Università della Tuscia)

It is now widely recognized that forests are the largest and most efficient “green infrastructure” in our country. Forests provide relevant and diversified benefits, representing also one of the most important components of the country “natural capital”, a concept that was defined at the beginning of the century, that received recently particular attention with the establishment of the corresponding National Committee at the Ministry of the Environment.

Since now many years, the objectives of forest management added to sustainable wood production also the whole set of ecosystem services provided by forests. Among these, the mitigation of climate change, through the absorption and storage of carbon, and the role that forest ecosystems have in the construction, perception and maintenance of Landscape.

Increasing urbanization is rising the need to make cities more livable and sustainable: in this context, gardening and “urban forests” are of fundamental importance, both for psycho-physical wellbeing