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Title: Assessing impact of forest cover change dynamics on high nature value farmland in Mediterranean mountain landscape
Authors: Cimini, Dora
Tomao, Antonio
Mattioli, Walter
Barbati, Anna
Corona, Piermaria
Keywords: Forest dynamics;Land Use and Land Cover Changes;Spatial drivers;High Nature Value farmland
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: CRA Journals
Source: Cimini, D. et al. 2013. Assessing impact of forest cover change dynamics on high nature value farmland in Mediterranean mountain landscape. "Annals of Silvicultural Research" 37 (1): 29-37
A general trend of scrub encroachment and natural forest expansion (old-fi eld succession) has been occurring in the past
fi fty years in Mediterranean mountain areas. While this phenomenon enhances a series of ecological processes and environmental
services, it may represent a threat for biodiversity conservation when occurring on High Nature Value (HNV) extensive farmland.
These open areas, created by traditional farming systems, have been recognized as a critically important European biodiversity
resource. Understanding the drivers of Land Use and Land Cover Change (LUCC) and their implications on the dynamics of forest
and HNV farmland habitats plays a crucial role in biodiversity conservation in protected areas. In this perspective, the case study
here presented aims to model recent (1989-2008) LUCC in a National Park of the Central Apennines (Italy) and to produce a midterm
forecast (2008-2020). In the past twenty years, 57% of the land uptake by shrubland and 46% by forest has been occurring on
former HNV farmland. Mid-term projections (2008-2020) confi rm further HNV farmland decline. Localization of HNV farmland habitats
vulnerable to change is a valuable decision-making tool to tradeoff in protected areas the conservation of traditional landscapes with
the increase of forest and shrubland areas. In this perspective, concrete socio-economical and silvicultural measures are outlined
to preserve these socially and economically-fragile open habitats.
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