Forest Context and Policies in Portugal
This book 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.
Offers a full integration of the issues related to forest and landscape dynamics with economic analyses Also the relationships between forest, society and environment are enhanced and discussedEmphasis on the current multi-functional role of Portuguese forest and its intrinsic value, foreseeing the future in a context of a sustainable forest managementA comprehensive state of the art, raising important questions about future forest policies in the European Union context and the ongoing climate changes