Thursday, setember 28, 2023 

10.00 – 12.30

Most of our forest landscapes – as a result of a combination of centuries of intensive use and recent abandonment – are characterised by being very homogeneous, low on species and age diversity, without clearings and discontinuities. These characteristics makes them highly vulnerable to climate change, especially to major wildfires and droughts.

The challenge is to find a viable way to generate landscape heterogeneity in a large scale. The solution will necessarily be complex: silviculture, where it is profitable, subsidised silvicultural work where necessary, but also the simulation of disturbances through prescribed burning or recovery of lost ecological processes such as herbivory. The problem is accentuated if we consider factors of economic sustainability and the lack of human capital in many of these areas.

The use of herbivores, wild and extensive grazers, is an option that is beginning to be tested in some areas. In this webinar, we will present two complementary cases: the promotion of extensive livestock farming in an area where it had been lost and the introduction of wild herbivores in an almost totally depopulated territory. In addition, we will present the actions that are being implemented in the Parc Natural dels Ports to achieve a resilient forest landscape.

Programme

  • 10.00 – 10.15 Alternatives for forest adaptation to climate change. Marta Múgica and José Atauri. Fundación Fernando González Bernáldez
  • 10.15 – 10.45 Extensive livestock farming and resilient landscapes: the experience of LIFE Montserrat. David Sàez, Fundación Catalunya La Pedrera
  • 10.45 – 11.15 Wild herbivores, an alternative for climate change adaptation in a context of rural abandonment. Ángel Vela, Alto Tajo Nature Park.
  • 11.15 – 11.45 Design of a resilient landscape in Parc Natural dels Ports. Josep Sabaté, Generalitat de Catalunya.
  • 11.45 – 12.30 Debate with the audience. Moderator: Maria Muñoz Santos. Fundación Fernando González Bernáldez

Ponentes

  • David Sàez Aragay. Graduate in Environmental Sciences from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, he is an environmental projects technician at the Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera. Currently he is focused on the management of forest areas.
  • Ángel Vela Laina. Forestry Engineer, civil servant of the Junta de Comunidades de Castilla-La Mancha. Currently Director of the Alto Tajo Nature Park (Guadalajara).
  • Josep Sabaté Bacells. Forestry engineer, technician of the Parc Natural dels Ports of the Generalitat de Catalunya, responsible for the management and conservation of forest habitats in this protected area.

Results

Presentación del webinario y proyecto Red Bosques Clima.
José Antonio Atauri. FUNGOBE.

Ganadería extensiva y paisajes resilientes: la experiencia del LIFE Montserrat. 
David Sàez, Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera.

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Diseño de un paisaje resiliente en el Parc Natural dels Ports.
Josep Sabaté, Generalitat de Catalunya

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Los herbívoros silvestres, alternativa para la adaptación al cambio climático en un contexto de abandono rural. 
Ángel Vela, Parque Natural del Alto Tajo y Pablo Schapira. Biólogo y director de la iniciativa de renaturalización Sistema Ibérico Sur de Rewilding Spain

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