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Month: October 2023

Stakeholders’ perceptions on building resilient landscapes: launching the LandLab in Peloponnese

The first of the five LandLabs planned by the ResAlliance project across the Mediterranean was launched successfully on 28 September 2023, in the region of Peloponnese, Greece. The first activity was a workshop that was organised at the municipality of Chora, in the prefecture of Messinia, entitled “Creating resilient landscapes in the Mediterranean to address the impacts of climate change: Fires – Drought – Floods”.

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Ancient giants and modern challenges – exploring the forests of British Columbia 

By Bas Lerink & Gert-Jan Nabuurs (Wageningen University & Research) 

Douglas fir trees tower over our heads, as we make our way through the inlands of Vancouver Island. While the dimensions of these trees are already impressive, the enormous stumps around them act like headstones of the fallen giants that once dominated the Canadian west coasts’ forests. Some of the stumps bear clear signs of the efforts that were needed to fell them. 150 years ago, settlers were balancing on planks while sawing their way through the thick tree trunks. The cavities where they mounted the planks are visible in photo 1. 

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Wie schätzen Sie als Waldbesitzende oder Waldbewirtschaftende die Bedeutung der verschiedenen Ökosystemleistungen des Waldes ein und welchen Einfluss haben Biodiversitätskrise und Klimawandel?

Liebe Waldbesitzer und Waldbesitzerinnen, liebe Förster und Försterinnen in NRW und Baden-Württemberg,   ja, dieser Blogpost richtet sich an Sie! (und an all diejenigen, die eben…

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Restoring the “European Amazon”: a journey through Serbia’s riparian forests

If I had to encapsulate my recent journey to the Serbian forest in just two words, they would undoubtedly be “pleasantly surprised”.

Our arrival in Belgrade took place on a hot late September day, amidst the warmth that characterizes the Balkans’ phenomenon known as “Miholjsko ljeto”. A period of unseasonably warm, dry weather that sometimes occurs in autumn.  It’s rather amusing, in retrospect, how serendipitous it felt as we embarked on our journey to the final destination, Novi Sad—the hometown of a renowned singer-songwriter who has a tune coincidentally named ”Miholjsko leto 95’”, which I would listen to during my teens. But let’s momentarily set aside my high school nostalgia and return to the narrative.

Our expedition to Serbia served a dual purpose, each with its distinct goal. The initial part of our journey was dedicated to the EFI Annual Conference, a commemoration of the European Forest Institute’s three-decade-long journey. En route to Serbia, we pored over the pages of “An Idea Becomes a Reality”, a book that had been published on EFI’s 10th anniversary. Our supervisor Gert-Jan Nabuurs, professor of European forest resources at Wageningen University and Research, amused us with the intricate tale of how it all commenced and evolved. By the time we touched down, my colleague Bas Lerink and I had a profound respect and a sense of honour for being able to be a part of the beautiful EFI family.

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