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Environment Workshops 2013. Oak forests coping with global change: ecology and management

AuthorsMarañón, Teodoro ; Villar Montero, Rafael; Pérez-Ramos, Ignacio Manuel
Issue Date2013
PublisherConsejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (España)
Universidad de Córdoba
Asociación Española de Ecología Terrestre
Universidad Internacional de Andalucía
CitationOak forests coping with global change: ecology and management: 1-59 (2013)
AbstractThe genus Quercus has about 500 species distributed throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Oak forests and woodlands are very abundant in the Mediterranean region and are vital providing a variety of ecosystem services. They provide with raw materials like cork, wood and fuel, and fodder for wild and domestic animals. The silvopastoral system known as “dehesa” provides habitats for wild animals and contributes to a higher biodiversity at the landscape scale. Oak trees provide a climate regulating service by their capacity to sequester carbon and therefore to mitigate the effects of climatic change. There is an increasing demand for cultural services provided by oak woodlands, mainly for recreation, ecotourism, and to enjoy their aesthetic and spiritual values. However, Global Change is affecting negatively oak forests and therefore diminishing their ecosystem services and in consequence human wellbeing. Main drivers are: land use change, introduction of exotic pathogens, air and soil pollution deteriorating oak health, and climatic change, in particular the reduction of rainfall. The aims of the workshop are to analyse the vulnerability and resilience of Quercus species coping with Global Change; to review the main ecological processes related with the regeneration of oaks and how they influence the recruitment and persistence of oak forests; to discuss the different management options for coping with the decline of oak forests and to assure their sustainability, showing case studies from Spain, Portugal and Mexico.
DescriptionCongreso celebrado del 30 de septiembre-2 de octubre 2013, en Baeza (Jaén), España.
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