“Shrub systems are both threatened and undervalued, with consequent consequences for land health, economic, landscape and biodiversity loss.”
“The consortium is composed of 11 partners from 3 EU countries. The project is part of the Life programme and will run for 5 years.”
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Scrub patches are key to the ecological functionality of these systems and should therefore be part of a sustainable habitat management model. But also the scrub formations of these systems have a great diversity of flora and fauna.
More intensive management practices have profound consequences on ecological processes, ensuring long-term habitat persistence, preventing tree regeneration and depleting soil function. In addition, today there are additional factors endangering the survival of forests, such as the spread of exotic pathogens, increased drought, etc.
All these threats together pose a challenge for the management of these systems that could have dramatic social, economic, landscape and biodiversity consequences.