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Climate-smart silviculture in mountain regions

  • Pach, Maciej
  • Bielak, Kamil
  • Bončina, Andrej
  • Coll, Lluis
  • Höhn, Maria
  • Kašanin-Grubin, Milica
  • Lesiński, Jerzy
  • Pretzsch, Hans
  • Skrzyszewski, Jerzy
  • Spathelf, Peter
  • Tonon, Giustino
  • Weatherall, Andrew
  • Zlatanov, Tzvetan
Publication Date
Nov 26, 2021
University of Ljubljana
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Mountain forests in Europe have to face recently speeding-up phenomena related to climate change, refected not only by the increases in the mean global temperature but also by frequent extreme events, that can cause a lot of various damages threatening forest stability. The crucial task of management is to adapt forests to environmental uncertainties using various strategies that should be undertaken to enhance forest resistance and resilience, as well as to maintain forest biodiversity and provision of ecosystem services at requested levels. Forests can play an important role in the mitigation of climate change. The stand features that increase forest climate smartness could be improved by applying appropriate silvicultural measures, which are powerful tools to modify forests. The chapter provides information on the importance of selected stand features in the face of climate change and silvicultural prescriptions on stand level focusing to achieve the required level of climate smartness. The selection of silvicultural prescriptions should be also supported by the application of simulation models. The sets of the various treatments and management alternatives should be an inherent part of adaptive forest management that is a leading approach in changing environmental conditions.

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