|Title||Adaptive management of forests and their genetic resources in the face of climate change|
|Author(s)||Kramer, K.; Mátyás, Csaba|
|Source||EU - 4 p.|
Alterra - Vegetation, forest and landscape ecology
|Publication type||Scientific report|
|Abstract||Decline in health and growth of forests induced by climate change has been reported in different parts of the world. In Europe, low-elevation, drought-prone forests of south and southeastern Europe are particularly exposed to pressures from climate change. In these regions, forests have a significant economic value, and play an important role in the regulation of the hydrological cycle and preservation of biodiversity. A key attribute for tree species to withstand environmental changes is the level of their intraspecific diversity, as that allows adaptation to changes. The conservation and sustainable use of forest
genetic diversity have implications with regard to the maintenance of healthy forest ecosystems in the face of environmental changes. Scientists within the EU-funded project FORGER endeavoured to determine the extent to which four widespread forest tree species in Europe may be affected by climatic change, by making use of field trials and modelling tools.