Series: World Forests Series Volume: 19
260 pages, 61 colour & 26 b/w illustrations
Forest Context and Policies in Portugal provides an up-to-date analysis of the Portuguese forests and forestry sector, including its history, its total economic value, current threats and opportunities and future challenges, namely the need to incorporate more planning and technology in forest management practices. The methodological approach of analysing the forestry sector in terms of its total economic value, and the use of this new perspective to correctly perceive the forest sector and to base development strategies is unique.
Also, the use of new methods and technologies in the Portuguese forestry sector will be an opportunity to share these experiences with a wider international audience. For example, fire incidence during the summer has almost no parallel in the Western World, implying that Portuguese forest landscapes function as a "natural lab of wildfires" from which much can be learned globally. Thus, the outcomes of the fire management policies adopted might represent important lessons for Mediterranean basin countries.
1. Evolution of Forest Cover in Portugal - from the Miocene to the Present; Fernando Reboredo, Joao Pais
2. The Portuguese Forest Based Chains: Sector Analysis; Graca Louro et al.
3. Drought Effects on Portuguese Forest Cover; Fernanda Pessoa et al.
4. Forest Fires in Portugal: Dynamics, Causes and Policies; Paulo Mateus, Paulo M. Fernandes
5. Pests and Diseases in Portuguese Forestry - Current and New Threats; Manuela Branco et al.
6. Forest Planning in Portugal; Joao Pinho
7. Spatial Characterization of Maritime Pine Productivity in Portugal; Cristina Santos, Jose A. Almeida
8. Forest Policies in a Changing International Context; Franciso Rego et al.
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