Session 4

SILVICULTURE, LANDSCAPE AND IMPACTS ON LAND USE CHANGES

Session Coordinators: Carlo Blasi (CIRBISES), Alessandro PALETTO (CREA), Giovanni SANESI (Università di Bari), Roberto TOGNETTI (Università del Molise)

 People organize the landscape in accordance with aesthetic and cultural value of their historical period. Landscape has a symbolic value becoming an element that contains personal and collective projections. At the same time, landscape represents the cultural identity of a territory in which the values and beliefs of local communities are found. In accordance with the principles of sustainable development, the management of forest landscapes must be aimed at improving functionality and creating added value from an ecological, economic and historical-cultural point of view. The integrated landscape management is the main tool for the supply of ecosystem services, useful to meet the needs of human society, and for the creation of the future rural landscapes.

The main aim of the session “Silviculture, landscape and impacts on land use changes” is to analyze the current forest and agro-forestry landscapes, from an ecological and socio-cultural point of view, and their evolution in the last century due to global environmental changes and local management strategies. The thematic session of the session “Silviculture, landscape and impacts on land use changes” are:

  • Forest cultural landscapes
  • Social perception about rural landscapes and involvement of local community in the decision-making processes
  • Future rural landscapes produced by global and local environmental changes
  • Integrated landscape management for the supply of ecosystem services
  • Forestry and agriculture: conflicts and synergies in sustainable landscape planning