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Post-Fire Management and Restoration of Southern European Forests

Series: Managing Forest Ecosystems, Vol. 24

Moreira, F., Arianoutsou, M., Corona, P., De las Heras, J. (Eds.)

2012, X, 330 p.

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  • The first publication to access in a comprehensive way the post-fire management in fire-prone European forest types
  • The main questions and recommended approaches can also be useful for other regions of the world with Mediterranean-type climates, such as parts of Australia, South Africa, North and South America
  • Designed to disseminate scientific knowledge on post-fire management and restoration of forests towards a target audience of professionals (forest managers, landscape planners, and forest agency staff), graduate students and researchers

In spite of all the efforts made in fire prevention and suppression, every year about 45 000 forest fires occur in Europe, burning ca. 0.5 million hectares of forests and other rural lands. The management of these burned forests has been given much less attention than fire prevention or fire suppression issues, but the post-fire management of burned areas raises strong concerns (economic and social impacts, soil erosion and water quality, biodiversity loss, forest restoration). Although there are a few publications which address post-fire management, the focus of these has been either on general approaches to restoration or specific topics such as preventing post-fire soil erosion. This book is about the post-fire management of fire-prone forest types in southern Europe.  It provides the first comprehensive overview of the topic, ranging from stand-level to landscape-level management, and from emergency actions to long-term restoration approaches.

The book is divided into 2 major sections. The first includes five chapters where transversal topics such as recent changes in fire regimes in Southern Europe, the economic, legal and social aspects of post-fire management, fire hazard and flammability of different forest types, and post-fire management approaches, are addressed. The second section is divided in seven chapters, with a similar structure, each one dealing with the forest types more affected by wildfires in Europe (and other fire prone habitats such as shrublands),.

The book is targeted to an audience of professionals (forest managers, landscape planners, and forest agency staff), graduate students and researchers. It is the first publication to access in comprehensive way post-fire management issues in European forests, for which only fragmented knowledge through specialized or grey literature was available so far.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Fire ecology - Forest restoration - Post-fire management - Wildfires

Related subjects » Ecology - Environmental Management - Forestry

Table of contents 

1. Setting the Scene for Post-Fire Management. Francisco Moreira, Margarita Arianoutsou, V. Ramón Vallejo, Jorge de las Heras, Piermaria Corona, Gavriil Xanthopoulos, Paulo Fernandes, and Kostas Papageorgiou.- 2. Land Cover Change and Fire Regime in the European Mediterranean Region. Jesús San-Miguel-Ayanz, Marcos Rodrigues,Sandra Santos de Oliveira, Claudia Kemper Pacheco, Francisco Moreira, Beatriz Duguy, and Andrea Camia.- 3. Economic, Legal and Social Aspects of Post-Fire Management. Robert Mavsar, Elsa Varela, Piermaria Corona, Anna Barbati, and Graham Marsh.- 4. Fire Hazard and Flammability of European Forest Types. Gavriil Xanthopoulos, Carlo Calfapietra, and Paulo Fernandes.- 5. Fire Ecology and Post-Fire Restoration Approaches in Southern European Forest Types. V. Ramón Vallejo, Margarita Arianoutsou, and Francisco Moreira.- 6. Post-Fire Management of Serotinous Pine Forests. Jorge de las Heras, Daniel Moya, José Antonio Vega, Evangelia Daskalakou, V. Ramón Vallejo, Nikolaos Grigoriadis, Thekla Tsitsoni, Jaime Baeza, Alejandro Valdecantos, Cristina Fernández, Josep Espelta, and Paulo Fernandes.- 7. Post-Fire Management of Non Serotinous Pine Forests. Javier Retana, Xavier Arnan, Margarita Arianoutsou, Anna Barbati, Dimitris Kazanis, and Anselm Rodrigo.- 8. Post-Fire Management of Mediterranean Broadleaved Forests. Josep Maria Espelta, Anna Barbati, Lídia Quevedo, Reyes Tárrega, Pablo Navascués, Consuelo Bonfi l, Guillermo Peguero, Marcos Fernández-Martínez, and Anselm Rodrigo.- 9. Post-Fire Management of Cork Oak Forests. Filipe X. Catry, Francisco Moreira, Enrique Cardillo, and Juli G. Pausas.- 10. Post Fire Management of Exotic Forests. Joaquim S. Silva and Hélia Marchante.- 11. Management of Threatened, High Conservation Value Forest Hotspots Under Changing Fire Regimes. Margarita Arianoutsou, Vittorio Leone, Daniel Moya, Raffaela Lovreglio, Pinelopi Delipetrou, and Jorge de las Heras.- 12. Post-Fire Management of Shrublands. Leonor Calvo, Jaime Baeza, Elena Marcos,Victor Santana, and Vasilios P. Papanastasis.- Index.

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