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Resource management planning and ecological intensification to address climate challenges in French forestry

Abstract : The talk illustrates two aspects of reshaping forest management in order to tackle the pressures of climate change and address the combined challenges of adaptation, mitigation and ecosystem service regulation : (i) resource management planning has to put more emphasis on coordinated, multi-scale procedures, diversification, tree planting, ecosystem resilience support, investment selection, logistics and information management ; (ii) ecological intensification, in the case of temperate forests, may be viewed as a more efficient use of natural and human-induced cycles of matter, energy and information in ecosystems as well as in the emerging bioeconomy. Through questioning how to implement management change in a context of uncertainty, stronger constraints and higher and more diverse expectations, ecological intensification for forests cannot be confused with naturalness, and contradicts European concepts of « close-to-nature forestry » in many regards. It is more productive to see ecological intensification as investing to improve the monitoring of different critical fluxes and the efficiency of their use (carbon, water, nutrients, products-coproducts-byproducts, species-genetic resources, plants, fertilizers, machines, information, etc…). For European foresters, making a clear distinction between ecology and imitation of nature will be a fundamental challenge to successfully achieve the present transition
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Jean-Francois Dhote, Barry Gardiner, Jean-Michel Leban, Myriam Legay, Brigitte Musch, et al.. Resource management planning and ecological intensification to address climate challenges in French forestry. Conférence franco-chinoise sur l’agro-écologie dans le contexte du changement climatique, Jun 2015, Pékin, China. pp.39 slides. ⟨hal-02794532⟩

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