IUFRO LE 2017-6

IUFRO LE 2017-6: Integrated forest landscape management: biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services

Author(s): Diaz-Maroto, Ignacio J.

Institution(s): Departamento de Ingeniería Agroforestal, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela Campus Universitario s/n E-27002 Lugo, Spain

Recently, there has been a new and great interest among scientists, forestry technicians, politicians and local actors in the integrated management of the forest landscape to face the many challenges of rural areas, where the presence of different stakeholders seek competitive interests related to food production, socio-economic development and the conservation of ecosystems. Forest landscape management is now being applied to address the wide range of defiance’s that are present, including biodiversity conservation, restoration of human-modified landscapes, management of ecosystem services, reduction of terrestrial climate change and REDD + (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation). Integrated landscape management processes can support the configuration of forest production and ecosystem conservation on a variety of scales, including “land sharing” and “land preservation” approaches, as dictated by the local context. A relevant challenge in the sustainable management of forests and forest landscapes is to connect and harmonize the availability of multiple services for multiple actors.