Adapt For Change - Improve the success of reforestation in semi-arid areas: adaptation to climate change scenario
Summary of project results
Large areas in Alentejo have been reforested in the last decades with the native species cork and holm –oaks, but experiencing a low success rate. This project intended to learn from this reforestation campaigns, from the last 40 years, to understand what methods used showed best results and success rates. Natural regeneration is an important component of the reforestation success. From the analysis of its occurrence, resulted a model (available at the website) that allows identification of specific zones in Mértola (Alentejo), where natural regeneration is favoured or needs assistance to occur, and what techniques are more adequate in each case. Detailed plans are of extreme importance, namely in areas of complex topography. There is not a single “recipe” that results everywhere in the country. For a good cost/benefit relation, reforestations need to be adapted to the climate. Other results from this analysis of past reforestations are being prepared to be published in scientific peer reviewed journals, to reach a wider audience, being 3 already in preparation. Another important result from AdaptForChange is the “Mértola Climatic Change Adaptation Plan” for the sector of forests and agriculture (available at the website). It’s an innovative document in Portugal, by its methods, and for which an implementation compromise was signed (at the closing seminar) by the mayor of Mértola municipality and other decision stakeholder institutions: ADPM, ICNF, Cooperativa Agrícola do Guadiana, together with the coordinator of the AdaptForChange project. It is an instrument of management, directed at guiding forests and agriculture to a sustainable future, considering the climatic change scenarios and evaluating their impacts over the territory. It was developed in close contact with the farmers, land owners, managers and other interested stakeholders. The involvement with the community is also expected from the release of free e-books based on the project conclusions, in a simple and accessible language. The ebook themes are about good practices for semiarid regions: for soil and water conservation; for enhancing ecosystem services in reforestations; and for alternative activities in forests. These documents are planned to be updated if new information is made available.
Participation of the Norwegian partner cChange: Data processing and analysis of successful reforestation; preparation of manuscripts to be submitted in scientific journals; development and implementation of the Forest Natural Regeneration Model online application; preparation of report on the impact of actions; ebook preparation; logistics of the final seminar and preparation of presentations for this seminar; dissemination of the project through congresses and press releases.
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