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Large-scale effects of forest management in Mediterranean landscapes of Europe

Raffaele Lafortezza (1)   , Giovanni Sanesi (1), Jiquan Chen (2)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 6, Issue 6, Pages 342-346 (2013)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0960-006
Published: Aug 29, 2013 - Copyright © 2013 SISEF

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Forest landscapes are fundamental components of the living environment and consist of complex assemblages of forest and non-forest elements whose arrangement reflects, in part, the magnitude, intensity, and type of management. Because forests change across regions and scales, a variety of approaches have been proposed to support research and applicable goals. The most promising way to analyze forest landscapes is through the application of the landscape ecological approach, which is the study of ecological patterns and processes in heterogeneous, mostly human-modified, landscapes. In this paper, we analyze the role of landscape ecology in the context of forest landscapes. We discuss the main factors related to forest management which may affect landscape composition and configuration by referencing examples from the Mediterranean landscapes of Europe. Finally, we discuss the key issues for incorporating landscape ecological principles into forest planning and management and provide directions for future research in the emerging context of ecosystem services.

  Keywords


Forest Management, Landscape Ecology, Forest Landscapes, Mediterranean Regions, Human Disturbances

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(1)
Raffaele Lafortezza
Giovanni Sanesi
Dipartimento di Scienze Agro-Ambientali e Territoriali, Università degli Studi di Bari “A. Moro”, v. Amendola 165/A, I-70126 Bari (Italy)
(2)
Jiquan Chen
Landscape Ecology and Ecosystem Science (LEES) Lab, University of Toledo, Ohio (USA)

Corresponding author

 
Raffaele Lafortezza
raffaele.lafortezza@uniba.it

Citation

Lafortezza R, Sanesi G, Chen J (2013). Large-scale effects of forest management in Mediterranean landscapes of Europe. iForest 6: 342-346. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0960-006

Academic Editor

Luca Salvati

Paper history

Received: Jan 31, 2013
Accepted: Apr 30, 2013

First online: Aug 29, 2013
Publication Date: Dec 02, 2013
Publication Time: 4.03 months

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