iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry


Change is in the air: future challenges for applied forest research

Roberto Tognetti (1)   , Paolo Cherubini (2)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 2, Issue 2, Pages 56-58 (2009)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0492-002
Published: Mar 18, 2009 - Copyright © 2009 SISEF


Forests provide a wide range of benefits to people. Forest plantations on former agricultural land for commercial and restoration purposes may enhance ecosystem services, including biodiversity conservation and carbon sequestration. Incorporating these ecosystem services into resource management decisions is of paramount importance. Efforts towards the sustainable management of forest ecosystems for climate change mitigation give opportunities to establish a new relationship between researchers and forests. Growing and competing demands for food, biomass, timber, and environmental services is posing severe challenges to effective forest governance, considering the impact of global change. However, tree plantations can hardly match biological diversity and structural attributes of the original forest cover, which warrants for future sustainable mitigation through forest activities.


Biodiversity conservation, Carbon sequestration, Climate change mitigation, Forest management

Authors’ address

Roberto Tognetti
Dip.to di Scienze e Tecnologie per l’Ambiente ed il Territorio (STAT), Università degli Studi del Molise, Contrada Fonte Lappone, I-86090 Pesche (IS - Italy)
Paolo Cherubini
WSL Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, Zurcherstrasse 111, CH-8903 Birmensdorf (Zurich - CH).

Corresponding author

Roberto Tognetti


Tognetti R, Cherubini P (2009). Change is in the air: future challenges for applied forest research. iForest 2: 56-58. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0492-002

Paper history

Received: Feb 22, 2009
Accepted: Mar 02, 2009

First online: Mar 18, 2009
Publication Date: Mar 18, 2009
Publication Time: 0.53 months

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