Session 3

SILVICULTURE AND FOREST LAND PROTECTION

Session Coordinators: Francesco IOVINO (Università della Calabria), Giacomo CERTINI (Università di Firenze), Luigi PORTOGHESI (Università della Tuscia), Davide TRAVAGLINI (Università di Firenze)

 Regions which are rich in forests enjoy several benefits due to the presence of these forests. They make a decisive contribution to the balanced environmental and socio-economic structure of large areas and, consequently, to the quality of life of the populations living there.

The on-going global change, in particular climate change, has greatly increased the multifunctional value of forests. The exacerbation of phenomena, such as extreme rains, droughts, invasion of exogenous species, water and air pollution, are making indispensable the role silviculture plays for land protection, through approaches aimed at improving water regulation, contrasting soil erosion, mitigating hydrogeological instability, restoring damaged areas, preserving water resources, contrasting desertification, protecting coastal areas.

Silviculture can help improve the resistance, resilience, and adaptability of forests to new environmental scenarios. As a main instrument for sustainable forest management, respectful of the complexity of the forest, silviculture is able to enhance the efficiency of forest systems in various natural processes on a territorial scale.

The session deals with the following topics:

  • Silviculture for prevention and mitigation of desertification
  • Silviculture for water regulation and soil erosion control
  • Silviculture for hydrogeological instability prevention
  • Silviculture in protection forests of alpine environments

Silviculture in degraded, coastal, or riparian areas