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Climate Change Impacts and the Role of Forestry: Insights from the Mediterranean Region

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The Mediterranean region is characterized by a great variety of forest ecosystems, biomass and soil properties. Devastating phenomena including extended forest fires as well as other natural disasters such as floods have been recorded in broader areas over recent decades. These results constitute strong evidence that climate-related natural disasters are a severe threat to the Mediterranean. To this end, forest policy should be replanned to meet current needs in the era of climate mitigation and resilience. The current chapter surveys the recent literature on the role of forestry in climate mitigation in line with the Paris Agreement and aims to set the primary goals for effective forest policy in Mediterranean countries. The findings indicate that forest industry models addressing climate neutrality are not yet well established in the Mediterranean, although they are considered to be of utmost importance in terms of sustainable development and climate mitigation alternatives. The establishment of a Mediterranean forest inventory and innovative monitoring systems, the enhancement of bioeconomy models, synergies in the forest industry, and the use of wood for housing and energy efficiency in buildings are some of the proposed measures, strategies and policies.

Keywords

  • Forestry
  • Climate neutrality
  • Forest policy
  • Mediterranean
  • Paris Agreement
  • Carbon sink

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Andrea, V. (2022). Climate Change Impacts and the Role of Forestry: Insights from the Mediterranean Region. In: Leal Filho, W., Manolas, E. (eds) Climate Change in the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Region. Climate Change Management. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-78566-6_5

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