Matteo Vizzarri – Research Fellow, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences – Production, Landscape, Agroenergy, University of Milan
Mauro Masiero – Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry, Università degli Studi di Padova
Mountain forests provide many benefits to local communities and society at large, including timber provisioning, climate change mitigation, biodiversity conservation, protection against natural hazards, and cultural and recreational opportunities. However, supply and flow of these services are undermined by unpredictable climate-driven disturbances (insect outbreaks, windthrow, drought) and other natural as well as human-induced factors, including socio-economic ones. By setting a proper theoretical background and delivering practical examples and best practices, the seminar provides an overview of how goods and services from mountain forests can be quantified and evaluated in biophysical (supply, demand, flow) and monetary terms according to local circumstances and management and planning orientations, with the aim to contribute to responsible forest management via-a-vis ongoing challenges, and support local development opportunities and people’s wellbeing.
QUESTIONS AND DISCUSSION