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Improving forest resilience and enhancing biodiversity in European Forests:  findings, experiences, and prospects
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Improving forest resilience and enhancing biodiversity in European Forests: findings, experiences, and prospects

For two days, on June 28-29, over 50 marteloscope managers, researchers, and further forestry experts from more than 12 European countries participated in a workshop in Bonn to discuss technical, practical, learning, training, and research issues related to the conservation of microhabitats and biodiversity at marteloscope-monitored sites all over Europe. The first day of the...

Making the FOREST FIT FOR FUTURE
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Making the FOREST FIT FOR FUTURE

How can uniform coniferous stands in Northern Europe be converted to more natural and climate-friendly managed forests? How will that affect the economic outcome of forestry and what is the effect on biodiversity? These questions are raised and sought to be answered in the EU LIFE project Forest Fit For Future. Conifer forests are important...

New publication on Closer-to-Nature Forest Management
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New publication on Closer-to-Nature Forest Management

From Science to Policy 12 Closer-to-Nature Forest Management is a concept proposed in the EU Forest Strategy for 2030, which aims to improve the conservation values and climate resilience of multifunctional, managed forests in Europe. Building on the latest scientific evidence, this recently published report proposes a definition of the concept, a set of seven...

New marteloscope in Lazio, Italy
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New marteloscope in Lazio, Italy

In Italy, marteloscopes are one of the most useful tools to communicate and teach how conservation of biodiversity can be integrated in traditional forestry practices. In the past years, the Pennataro (south Italy) marteloscope, developed by University of Molise, was used as an outdoor laboratory to implement teaching activities with students and forest practitioners.In the...

Webinar Recap – Climate change adaptation, mitigation and biodiversity conservation in European forests
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Webinar Recap – Climate change adaptation, mitigation and biodiversity conservation in European forests

Do climate adaptation, mitigation and biodiversity conservation goals walk hand in hand when it comes to the management of Europe’s forests? Or are they closely related, but essentially different pursuits? To unravel the complexities of the topic, EFI and IUCN invited representatives from the EU Commission, academia, and the advocacy and policy arenas to debate...

A week in the life of a marteloscopist
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A week in the life of a marteloscopist

Getting to the forest before sunrise, hugging trees to determine their diameter, spotting microhabitats despite rainy and foggy weather – setting up a marteloscope site is not a walk in the park. But as you can read in this illustrative blogpost by Jakob Derks, it is an interesting procedure, and an important contribution to enable...

Co-occurrence patterns of tree-related microhabitats: new paper out
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Co-occurrence patterns of tree-related microhabitats: new paper out

A Tree-related Microhabitat (TreM) is a distinct, well-delineated morphological singularity occurring on living or standing dead trees, which constitutes a crucial substrate for species. Cavities, conks of lignivorous fungi and dead branches are examples of TreMs. TreMs are widely recognized key features of biodiversity and are useful indirect indicators for biodiversity. Therefore, researchers have suggested...