Helping foresters put in place climate change adaptation strategies

Climate change can negatively impact the growth and productivity of forests. But protecting the lungs of the earth can reduce extreme weather events like forest fires and droughts while cutting emissions. To this end, LIFE FORECCAsT helped forest managers in France’s Haut-Languedoc Regional Nature Park put in place climate change adaptation strategies. They built a mobile application to help foresters assess and manage the risks to their land. 25 sites tested climate-resilient tree species and forest management practices that use less water. The team also held awareness-raising events and they involved locals in developing an action plan in the event of a severe climate crisis. Organisations in Belgium, Italy and Slovenia have shown an interest in using the app. 

Syndicat Mixte d'Aménagement et de Gestion du Parc Naturel Régional du Haut Languedoc
France (potential for replication in Belgium, Italy and Slovenia)