Experiences with Adaptive Measures in Forestry and Forest Restoration under Global Change


As members of the Task Force “Forest Adaptation and Restoration under Global Change” of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) we are conducting this survey to gain data and insights for developing best practice approaches for forest adaptation and restoration under global change. This survey relies on the knowledge of experts/professionals from forestry and related fields and their information about actual examples of Adaptive Measures in Forestry and Forest Restoration, thus we would like to kindly ask you for your participation. 

The collected data will contribute valuable information to a study of the local and regional experiences with Adaptive Forest Management (AFM) and Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) under climate- and societal change with the aim to increase the adaptive capacity of forests and forest landscapes with regards to those changes.

For a common understanding of the terms used in this survey the following definitions and examples should be considered:

  • Adaptive Forest Management (AFM)  can be defined as a set of stand-related management concepts and measures targeted to adapt existing forest stands to changing environmental conditions (e.g. due to climate change, but also other requirements).
  • Beyond this, on the landscape scale, Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) is targeted to restore degraded or deforested landscapes by focusing on restoring functioning.
  • Both AFM and FLR are Adaptive Measures (AM), meaning actions that increase the adaptive capacity of forest ecosystems. 

Examples for Adaptive Measures

Adaptive Forest Management (AFM): change of tree species composition, preserving/increasing species diversity, changed thinning regime/rotation age, site preparation, irrigation, fire management, specific regeneration methods etc.

Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR): Forest regeneration/reforestation on landscape scale to restore former ecosystem functions of forests in that area (as opposed to plantations focusing on few functions e.g. timber production).

 

Your individual responses will be kept anonymous and available only to the researchers involved. The data will be stored in a central database, and the results will be presented to the public during upcoming IUFRO conferences. We will prepare a report from the results that will be available to all from the IUFRO website and possibly as a refereed journal publication.

The survey has three sections. The first part will provide some general information about the forest (-landscape) to which your answers relate and the adaptive measures taken there. Subsequently you will be asked to provide information about the goals and the success of the adaptive measures using a ranking approach. Finally you will be asked a few questions about yourself to provide the context for your response.

In the name of the entire task force we would like to thank you for your time and consideration.

 

The survey should take about 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

For more information about the Task Force and our activities please visit our website.