José Atauri / Coordinador Técnico de LIFE Red Bosques Clima. Fundación Fernando González Bernáldez (FUNGOBE)
Across Europe, and especially in the Mediterranean, forests are suffering from the effects of climate change, in the form of mortality due to heat waves and intense droughts. The need to implement management to reduce the vulnerability of forests is already on the agenda of forest managers, but experience in adapting to climate change is still limited.
Actions to adapt forests to climate change have important synergies with biodiversity conservation: maintaining or improving the conservation status of the forest ecosystem improves its adaptive capacity. The LIFE RedBosques_Clima project focuses on protected areas as “laboratories” to test adaptation measures based on the conservation of forests in good condition and the restoration of the elements that confer greater adaptive capacity, developing some practical tools for decision-making in the process of designing adaptation actions.
In this first webinar, we will review the role of forest maturity in climate change strategies and present a tool for assessing drought vulnerability in forest stands.
10.00 – 10.30 LIFE RedBosques_Clima: natural solutions for forest adaptation to climate change. José Atauri / Technical Coordinator of LIFE RedBosques_Clima, Fernando González Bernáldez Foundation (FUNGOBE).
10.30 – 11.15 The role of diversity and maturity in the management for climate change adaptation. Jordi Vayreda / Centre de Recerca Ecològica i Aplicacions Forestals (CREAF)
11.15 – 11.45 Application of a drought vulnerability index to the RedBosques reference stand network. Lluís Comas / Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF)
11.45 – 12.00 Discussion with the audience. Moderator: José Atauri / Technical Coordinator of LIFE RedBosques_Clima. FUNGOBE
José Antonio Atauri Mezquida. PhD in Ecology from the Autonomous University of Madrid, works as coordinator of conservation projects and protected areas planning in the Fernando González Bernáldez Foundation. He is currently the technical coordinator of the LIFE RedBosques_Clima project.
Jordi Vayreda Durán. PhD in Terrestrial Ecology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He has been a CREAF researcher since 1991 and carries out his research studying the impacts of disturbances and global change on the decline, mortality, vulnerability and resilience of forests, ecosystem services and biodiversity. Another line of research focuses on the characterisation of the conservation status of forest ecosystems, their degree of maturity and naturalness.
Lluís Comas Boronat. Biologist, research technician at CREAF and GIS and database specialist.