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Good practice 4: Sustainable forest management for green infrastructure

Introduction

The objective of the good practice is to demonstrate how forest biodiversity conservation can be combined with the sustainable use of forest resources. The practice is based on the experience of the Latvian Nature Conservation Agency and WWF Latvia. It is being applied by the Centre of Applied Forest Research of the autonomous community of Valencia.

The main aim is to ensure the sustainable use of forest resources. The methods applied replicate natural processes, thereby in principle providing favourable habitat conditions, natural regeneration processes and ecological succession for the conservation of species diversity. In this way, sustainable forest management also contributes to climate change mitigation.

Across the territory of European Economic Area (EEA) countries, about 33 percent of all land is forested. These forests are considered to be one of the most important components of Europe’s natural environment, playing a crucial role in sustaining biodiversity, maintaining landscape quality and addressing the impacts of climate change. According to the 2013 EU Forest Strategy, “Protection efforts should aim to maintain, enhance and restore forest ecosystems’ resilience and multi-functionality as a core part of the EU’s green infrastructure, providing key environmental services as well as raw materials”.

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