LIFE FutureForCoppiceS database aims:
- to monitor how the main management options (managed coppice, pro-active conversion to
high forest and natural evolution) supported or constrained the overall and the different
aspects of Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) of coppice forests;
LIFE FutureForCoppiceS database builds on existing
installed by the LIFE
FutureForCoppiceS Co-ordinating Beneficiary Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l'analisi
dell'economia agraria (CREA) in the late 1960s where tree growth and stand structure variables
were periodically surveyed.
- to improve the knowledge basis for SFM of coppice forests in the in view of the forecasted
changes in key environmental drivers and pressures.
Nine sites from two Italian regions: Toscana (7 sites, 34 plots) and Sardegna (2 sites, 11 plots),
for a total of 45 permanent plots, were selected for the database. Sites cover 3 EFTs (mountainous beech
forests, deciduous thermophilous forests, evergreen broadleaved forests).
Three sites (termed "plus" sites, 1 site per EFT), for a total of 18 permanent plots, were selected for
testing new methods of SFM indicators collection and reporting. The "plus" sites are: Buca Zamponi (beech),
Is Cannoneris (holm oak) and Poggio Pievano (Turkey oak).
LIFE FutureForCoppiceS project (2015-2018), by means of the activity carried out by CREA and by all
- Fondazione Edmund Mach, Università di Sassari, Università di Firenze,
Agenzia Forestas e Terre Regionali Toscane - implemented the full set of monitored variables allowing
the calculation of 39 indicators consistent with all the six Criteria of SFM.
A synthesis of the main results, with the comparison between consolidated SFM Indicators and
newly established ones (properly tailored for coppice forests), for each EFTs and main management
options (managed coppice, pro-active conversion to high forest and natural evolution), is
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