The VITERBO DECLARATION on “Safeguarding functional beech forest ecosystems”

Researchers emphasize the need of implementing scientific knowledge on the complex structure and dynamics of old-growth beech forests worlwide to inspire new models of sustainable management, able to maximize forest contribution to global biogeochemical cycles and maintain their resilience to changing environmental conditions.

The irreplaceability of old-growth beech forests is contingent to their complexity and historical integrity, which make them a unique natural heritage. There is therefore an urgent need for the cessation of logging in old-growth forests, and for legislative powers to safeguard all remaining areas of old-growth ecosystems, and restore them across the landscapes.

An output of the 11th International IUFRO Beech Symposium “Natural and Managed Beech Forests as Reference Ecosystems for the Sustainable Management of Forest Resources and the Conservation of Biodiversity” (18-21 September 2018, University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy) attended by 80 scientists from European Union, Switzerland, Turkey, Iran, Japan, USA and Canada.

The complete document has been published on IUFRO Group 1.01.07 webpage


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