This manual summarizes the main results of the LIFE RedBosques project. A review is made of the main characteristics of old-growth forests, their value in terms of biodiversity conservation and their usefulness as a reference for conservation and management. In addition, guidelines are given for the management of forests according to their degree of maturity, and measures are proposed for forest management and silviculture that can be used to foster some atributes linked to maturity.
This document provides an exhaustive review of the scientific state of the art on forest maturity and its different meanings, and synthesizes the most significant and observable characteristics of old-growth stands. These include the existence of very old trees, gaps in the canopy that allows the regeneration of shade tolerant species, significant amounts of dead wood – both standing and in the soil – , a clear vertical diversification, and the absence of anthropic interventions.
This document offers a compilation of the questions most commonly asked regarding forest maturity, by professionals and the general public alike. these questions are arranged by subject, and the answers are based on scientific literature and the contributions of a large group of experienced subject-matter experts.
It summarizes the project’s main goals and actions and explains how several stakeholder groups can participate in the project. The project’s fact sheet is available in Spanish and English versions.
This document includes, with data and concrete examples, the economic and social impact that the RedBosques forest management and networking model has had, both for forest owners and for society as a whole. Evidence of the effects of the project on the incorporation of the concept of mature forest in the technical field is provided. In particular, the investments made during the duration of the project are shown: for the identification of old-growth stands and for silvicultural management aimed at promoting maturity. These data show the technical, economic and social potential that can be achieved if these actions are multiplied in a broader territory over the years.
Funding: European Union through the programme LIFE Environmental Governance & Information 2015.
Project reference: LIFE Redcapacita_2015 (LIFE15 GIE/ES/000809)
Total budget: 590.154 €
Duration: September 2016 – October 2019
Coordinator: Fundación Fernando González Bernáldez
Partners: Generalitat de Catalunya, CREAF, Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera