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Title: A forest typology for monitoring sustainable forest management: The case of European Forest Types
Authors: Barbati, Anna
Corona, Piermaria
Marchetti, Marco
Keywords: Forest types;Forest vegetation classification;Reporting;Sustainable forest management indicators
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Source: Barbati, A., Corona, P., Marchetti, M. 2007. A forest typology for monitoring sustainable forest management: The case of European Forest Types. "Plant Biosystems" 141 (1): 93–103.
Sustainable forest management (SFM) is presently widely accepted as the overriding objective for forest policy and practice.
Regional processes are in progress all over the world to develop and implement criteria and indicators of SFM. In continental
Europe, a set of 35 Pan-European indicators has been endorsed under the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of
Forests in Europe (MCPFE) to measure progress towards SFM in the 44 countries of the region. The formulation of seven
indicators (forest area, growing stock, age structure/diameter distribution, deadwood, tree species composition, damaging
agents, naturalness) requires national data to be reported by forest types. Within the vast European forest area the values
taken by these indicators show a considerable range of variation, due to variable natural conditions and anthropogenic
influences. Given this variability, it is very difficult to grasp the meaning of these indicators when taken out of their ecological
background. The paper discusses the concepts behind, and the requirements of, a classification more soundly ecologically
framed and suitable for MCPFE reporting than the three (un-informative) classes adopted so far: broadleaved forest,
coniferous forest, mixed broadleaved and coniferous forest. We propose a European Forest Types scheme structured into a
reasonably higher number of classes, that would improve the specificity of the indicators reported under the MCPFE process
and its understanding.
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ISSN: 1126-3504
DOI: 10.1080/11263500601153842
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