Deforestation fronts

WWF (2021) Deforestation Fronts: About drivers and responses in a changing world.

“The causes, pace and magnitude of deforestation and forest degradation have changed over time. The way that different causes of deforestation link together and the effects they have on forests varies across regions. Globally, a multitude of approaches have been implemented to halt deforestation and forest degradation. While progress has been made in halting forest loss and degradation, both continue at alarming rates.

This report provides a comprehensive analysis of deforestation connecting drivers and responses globally by taking a closer look at 24 “deforestation fronts” – places that have a significant concentration of deforestation hotspots and where large areas of remaining forests are under threat. Over 43 million hectares were lost in these fronts between 2004 and 2017, an area roughly the size of Morocco.

The analysis presented here focuses on the tropics and sub-tropics, which accounted for at least two-thirds of global forest cover loss from 2000 to 2018 and where forest fragmentation is significant. Nearly half of the standing forests in these 24 deforestation fronts have suffered some type of fragmentation. Deforestation tends to oscillate over time. Recent trends indicate that deforestation will persist in these fronts unless there is collective action and more integrated approaches tailored to each front. To be more effective, the different responses to halt deforestation and forest degradation have to reinforce each other.”

Forests and SDG 13: Climate action

Sustainable Development goals

The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. The 17 Goals are all interconnected, and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve them all by 2030. 

Forests matter

Forests as regulators and stabilisers for the climate are most relevant. Forest are CO2 binders and for this reason, they play a key role in the carbon cycle. With their ecosystems, they regulate and protect biodiversity. It is estimated that deforestation and forest degradation cause 10 to 15% of global CO2 emissions, according The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Rebuilding and restoring forests highly matter from the perspective of this sustainable development goal.

UN Environment Programme: “Climate change is increasing the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events such as heatwaves, droughts, floods and tropical cyclones, aggravating water management problems, reducing agricultural production and food security, increasing health risks, damaging critical infrastructure and interrupting the provision of basic services such water and sanitation, education, energy and transport.”

Goal

Climate action.

Targets (related to the environment, 2030)

  • 13.1: Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries.
  • 13.2: Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning.
  • 13.3: Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning.
  • 13.a: Implement the commitment undertaken by developed-country parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to a goal of mobilizing jointly $100 billion annually by 2020 from all sources to address the needs of developing countries in the context of meaningful mitigation actions and transparency on implementation and fully operationalize the Green Climate Fund through its capitalization as soon as possible.
  • 13.b: Promote mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management in least developed countries and small island developing States, including focusing on women, youth and local and marginalized communities.

Forests and SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation

Sustainable Development goals

The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. The 17 Goals are all interconnected, and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve them all by 2030. 

Forests matter

UN Environment Programme: Sustainable management of water resources and access to safe water and sanitation are essential for unlocking economic growth and productivity, and provide significant leverage for existing investments in health and education. The natural environment e.g. forests, soils and wetlands contributes to management and regulation of water availability and water quality, strengthening the resilience of watersheds and complementing investments in physical infrastructure and institutional and regulatory arrangements for water access, use and disaster preparedness. Water shortages undercut food security and the incomes of rural farmers while improving water management makes national economies, the agriculture and food sectors more resilient to rainfall variability and able to fulfil the needs of growing population. Protecting and restoring water-related ecosystems and their biodiversity can ensure water purification and water quality standards.

SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation

Goal

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

Targets (related to the environment, 2030)

  • 6.1: achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all.
  • 6.3: improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally.
  • 6.4: substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity.
  • 6.5: implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate.
  • 6.6: protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes.
  • 6.a: expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies.
  • 6.b: support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management.

Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020

This digital report contains the main findings of the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020 (FRA 2020). It examines the status of, and trends in, more than 60 forest-related variables in 236 countries and territories in the period 1990–2020.

The information provided by FRA presents a comprehensive view of the world’s forests and the ways in which the resource is changing. Such a clear global picture supports the development of sound policies, practices and investments affecting forests and forestry.

FRA is the mechanism for collecting data on two forest-related indicators of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which the United Nations General Assembly adopted in 2015. Specifically, data submitted to FRA contribute to reporting on SDG indicator 15.1.1 (forest area as a proportion of total land area in 2015) and indicator 15.2.1 (progress towards sustainable forest management).

Key findings

  • Forests cover nearly one-third of the land globally. The world has a total forest area of 4.06 billion ha (9.9 billion acres), which is 31 percent of the total land area. This area is equivalent to 0.52 ha (1.3 acres) per person – although forests are not distributed equally among the world’s peoples or geographically. More than half (54 percent) of the world’s forests is in five countries: the Russian Federation, Brazil, Canada, the United States and China.
  • More than 90 percent of the world’s forests have regenerated naturally. Ninety-three percent (3.75 billion ha) of the forest area worldwide is composed of naturally regenerating forests. The area of naturally regenerating forests has decreased since 1990 (at a declining rate of loss), but the area of planted forests has increased by 123 million ha (304 million acres).
  • Plantations account for about 3 percent of the world’s forests. Plantation forests cover about 131 million ha (324 million acres), which is 3 percent of the global forest area and 45 percent of the total area of planted forests.
  • About 30 percent of all forests is used primarily for production. Globally, about 1.15 billion ha (2.84 billion acres) of forest is managed primarily for the production of wood and non-wood forest products. In addition, 749 million ha (1.85 billion acres) is designated for multiple use, which often includes production.
  • Total forest carbon stock is decreasing. The total carbon stock in forests decreased from 668 gigatons in 1990 to 662 gigatons in 2020; carbon density increased slightly over the same period, from 159 tons to 163 tons per ha.
  • The world’s forests are mostly publicly owned, but the share of privately owned forests has increased since 1990. Seventy-three percent of the world’s forests is under public ownership, 22 percent is privately owned, and the ownership of the remainder is categorized as either “unknown” or “other.”
  • More than 2 billion ha of forest has management plans. The area of global forest under management plans is increasing in all regions – globally, it has increased by 233 million ha (576 million acres) since 2000, reaching 2.05 billion ha (5 billion acres) in 2020.

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“De bosbouw vergt een holistische benadering”

Roelof A.A. Oldeman

Ekkelboom, J. (1994). “De bosbouw vergt een holistische benadering”: [interview met] hoogleraar bosteelt en bosoecologie prof. dr. ir. Roelof Oldeman. Nederlands Bosbouw Tijdschrift 66/1, 13-19. https://library.wur.nl/WebQuery/nbt/850422

De bosbouw borduurt teveel voort op de sectorale inrichting van het landgebruik. Dat zegt prof. dr. ir. Roelof Oldeman, hoogleraar Bosteelt & Bosoecologie aan de Landbouwuniversiteit Wageningen. Die reductionistische erfenis van de industriële revolutie dient volgens hem plaats te maken voor een meer holistische benadering waarbij de bossen niet meer moeten worden aangepast aan een beheersplan maar juist andersom. Hij pleit voor combinaties van landgebruik waarbij het begrip duurzaamheid opnieuw wordt gedefinieerd. Het huidige bosbouwonderwijs besteedt onvoldoende aandacht aan deze onderwerpen, vindt Oldeman.

“De architectuuranalyse vereenvoudigt de ingewikkelde werkelijkheid. Wij kijken eerst naar de natuur zelf terwijl de meeste andere modellen uitgaan van een eenvoudige hypothese gebaseerd op natuurwetten. Die passen dus hun model van de natuur aan een abstractie aan en zodoende ook de bossen aan een beheersplan. Wij kiezen voor de omgekeerde volgorde waarbij je een beheersplan aanpast aan een bos. En wil je productie hebben, leid dat dan uit het gehele bos af, z6 dat hoofdproduct en bijproducten of -diensten als geheel pakket maximaal worden, mits het de gezondheid van het bos niet schaadt en mits het een minimum kost. Dit is een radicale ommekeer omdat niet wordt uitgegaan van wat je eruit haalt maar van wat je erin steekt.”

Roelof A.A. Oldeman

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50 ans d’explorations et d’études botaniques en forêt tropicale

Hallé, F. (2016). 50 ans d’explorations et d’études botaniques en forêt tropicale. Plaissan, Languedoc-Roussillon: MUSEO. p.368.

Cet ouvrage de Francis Hallé offre enfin à chacun la découverte de la diversité de son approche du dessin. Les botanistes connaissent les dessins schématiques très formels des modèles architecturaux, qui ont fait la gloire de Francis et de Roelof Oldeman depuis 1970. 

Dans ces dessins, on reconnaît la position des méristèmes, des feuilles, des fleurs, l’orientation des branches mais pour chacun des modèles, on ne peut reconnaître une espèce d’arbre ni même un quelconque arbre vivant. Et pourtant, chaque botaniste est capable, en observant un jeune arbre vivant, de déduire à quel modèle architectural il se rattache, tel que défini par ces dessins schématiques. C’est là la grande force de ces dessins qui restituent le vivant sous une forme intellectuellement interprétée. C’est utile, nécessaire, souvent beau mais implacablement froid. Mais dans cet ouvrage, nous retrouvons toute la sensibilité de Francis : les arbres ne sont plus des objets exprimant leur devoir génétique mais ils deviennent des objets animés sous lesquels on voudrait se protéger ou dans lesquels un singe sauterait de branche en branche. 

Soudain, l’arbre dessiné devient un arbre vivant, avec tous ses accidents, ses branches cassées, ses réactions opportunistes face à la lumière. Là, dans ses dessins, Francis se libère d’une rigidité dogmatique pour garder sa rigueur scientifique tout en nous immergeant dans la poésie. On retrouve la forêt tropicale et ses arbres, telle qu’elle dut être du temps de l’Eden. Francis aime les arbres, la forêt et les habitants de cette forêt, hommes, oiseaux, insectes, grenouilles, singes… 

Cet ouvrage est un hymne à la plante.”

Patrick Blanc

Forest Components

Oldeman, R.A.A. , Schmidt, P. and Arnolds, E.J.M. (1990)

Foreword

Per 1986, the Dutch Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries approved the five-year financial protection of a research theme ‘conservation and use of forest components’. This system of protected funding was meant to improve the quality of University research, in particular by stimulating researchers in related fields but from different University Departments to work on a common theme of their choice. Existing scientific lines of these researchers were thought to gain plus-value by intensifying contacts with others, by exposing them to discussions yielding new view points, and finally to allow them to adjust their research more closely to a common goal.

All those who know the busy University schedules and the growing restrictions on effective researchtime, i.e.,time not limited to isolated half hours between teaching and meetings, understood that the implementation of these splendid aims of oriented cooperation would cost time and go slowly. One of the ways in which Universities can correct this is the choice of appropriate subjects for graduate studies, and this has been systematically promoted for ‘Forest Components’ since years before the official programme was started.

The group that was responsible for the forest components theme decided to accelerate the process by starting an ambitious project, the writing of a common book. There is no way in which cooperation can be stimulated better, but this way has to be learned and practised too. The result is now before you. The book is not yet ideal in our opinion because it still contains too many traces of the old University tradition of researchers working, each apart, on such narrow subjects as they know best. This way of executing the research of course is necessary to reach sufficient depth. But it carries the risk of loss of vision of the whole system, parts of which are studied. Still a little bit unbalanced, but on its way to improve along lines that are more clear now, this presentation in a pluridisciplinary way is a first step, however, to overcome both the limits of individual researchers and the shallowness of groups.

We trust, however, that it is exactly this wrestling with integration of broad views versus the deepening of restricted views that may be as interesting to the reader as the facts, figures, conclusions and hypotheses on forests and their components which are presented in the following pages. On the brink of the last decennium of this century, it is hoped that this book may find its way to both specialists and generalists, and that most of its contents may also be of significance for the European forest managers.

Dr. ir. R.A.A. Oldeman
Professor of Silviculture & Forest Ecology, Coordinator of the ‘Forest Components’ team.

It is therefore proposed to reserve the notion of ‘pattern’ or in any case ‘architecture’ (Hallé & Oldeman, 1970) of systems to properties that can be directly seen and mapped, being linked to objects occupying a three-dimensional volume. Even if mapping or plotting are automatic, potential visibility by eye is a good criterion to end confusion. Architectural patterns, according to Hallé et al. (1978) are instant pictures. Their change may be indicated as dynamics (Hallé et al., 1978; Fanta, 1986). Dynamics are not processes, if the notion of process is reserved for underlying, organized movements at hierarchical levels deep within the system considered, such as energy and matter processing in photosynthesis or maintenance respiration (cf. Mohren, 1987).

Roelof A.A. Oldeman, p.8

Bibliography

Fanta, J. (ed.) (1986). Forest dynamics research in Western and Central Europe. Wageningen: Pudoc, p.320.

Hallé, F. and Oldeman, R. (1970). Essai sur l’architecture et la dynamique de croissance des arbres tropicaux. Paris: Masson & Cie, p.178.

Hallé, F., Oldeman, R. and Tomlinson P. (1978). Tropical trees and forests: an architectural analysis. Heidelberg: Springer, p.441.

Mohren, G. (1987). Simulation of forest growth, applied to douglas fir stands in The Netherlands. D.Sc. thesis, AUW Theor. Prod. Ecology/Silvic. & For. Ecology, Wageningen, p.183.

Oldeman, R., Schmidt, P. and Arnolds, E. (1990). Forest components. Wageningen: Wageningen Agricultural University Papers, ISSN0169-345X; 90-6, 111 pp. https://edepot.wur.nl/282842.

Five thousand years of sustainablity?

A case study on Gedeo Land use (Southern Ethiopia).

Kippie Kanshie, T. (2002). Five thousand years of sustainability?: a case study on Gedeo land use (Southern Ethiopia). Wageningen, Wageningen University. Promotor(en): R.A.A. Oldeman, E.A. Goewie, P.C. Romeijn. – S.l. : S.n. – ISBN 9789058086457 – 295 pp. https://library.wur.nl/WebQuery/wurpubs/fulltext/198428.

Civitas Naturalis: “A remarkable study, pointing strongly in the direction towards not a rethinking per se but more towards accepting and remembering proven technologies in restructuring our food production, this in the light of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 12 Sustainable consumption and production).”

Plate 5.4. An example of a mixed species uneven-aged Gedeo “agroforest” from the lowlands (Tumaata-Cirrachcha area). Note the emergent and majestic Ficus sp. MORACEAE (xillo qilxxa) tree, shading an area of about 0.2ha. Photo by the author (2000),fromtheTumaata-Cirrachchaareaabut 1680masl,alowlandzone. © Kippie Kanshie.

The idea for the present work was initiated in 1993, in the period between February and April, when I was following the MSc course Forest Ecology, delivered by Professor R.A.A. Oldeman, of the Department of Forestry, Wageningen Agricultural University. While following the course, I was pondering upon a would-be subject and almost too late when I came up with the idea of studying the age-old “agroforestry” system of the Gedeo. My supervisor, Ir. van Baren, specializing in Forest Protection, thought that the topic was not her field of expertise and recommended me to Professor R.A.A.Oldeman, who at the time was heading the Silviculture and Forest Ecology Lab.

Gedeo land use incorporates mechanisms, which, as we saw, have indeed enabled them to sustain an average 500 persons/km2 during 5000 years. The basic feature of the Gedeo design is, that yield is maintained at a constant, millenary level, below the maximum yield that could be artificially achieved.

(Kippie Kanshie, 2002, p. 126)

This book presents a case study of an ancient land-use practice that feeds over 450 people/km2 in a mountainous tropical region without terracing, tilling or agrochemical inputs. In this case study of a staple crop ensete, soil fertility and a strong performance in security of production are retained.

The author argues that food and production security are largely safeguarded by maintaining a complex, multi-rotational system with high biodiversity. The crop ensete plays a key-role as a pacemaker species. Its cultivation in different climactic zones and its processing are described.

Conclusions include: ensete, even at the present unimproved state, yields more useful biomass than any other crop plant currently promoted in Ethiopia and that ensete plays a significant role in the maintenance of the production base, deriving from its architecture which helps it to buffer against destabilising factors as well as to accompany other crops so far neglected in research.

This provides the key for sustainability of ensete land use over millennia. Ensete represents a potential solution to the recurring food crises in most parts of the erosion- and drought-prone Ethiopian highlands. Future challenges for donors and policy makers: now the yielding potential of ensete is proven, only cultural barriers remain to its development. This is the challenge to agricultural professionals and also to the international community that want to assist Ethiopia in its efforts towards food security.

The State of the World’s Forests 2020

As the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity 2011–2020 comes to a close and countries prepare to adopt a post-2020 global biodiversity framework, this edition of The State of the World’s Forests (SOFO) examines the contributions of forests, and of the people who use and manage them, to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. 

Forests cover just over 30 percent of the global land area, yet they provide habitat for the vast majority of the terrestrial plant and animal species known to science. Unfortunately, forests and the biodiversity they contain continue to be under threat from actions to convert the land to agriculture or unsustainable levels of exploitation, much of it illegal.

The State of the World’s Forests 2020 assesses progress to date in meeting global targets and goals related to forest biodiversity and examines the effectiveness of policies, actions and approaches, in terms of both conservation and sustainable development outcomes. A series of case studies provide examples of innovative practices that combine conservation and sustainable use of forest biodiversity to create balanced solutions for both people and the planet

Tropical Trees and Forests: An Architectural Analysis

Hallé, F., Oldeman, R. A. A. & Tomlinson, P. B. (1978). Tropical Trees and Forests — An Architectural Analysis. XVII + 441 pages, 111 figs., 10 tables. Berlin‐Heidelberg—New York, Springer‐Verlag. ISBN 3‐540‐08494‐0. https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-642-81190-6

Preface: “This book is not an exhaustive survey of known information in the manner of a text-book – the subject is much too big for this to be possible in a relatively concise volume – but presents a point of view. We are concerned ultimately with the analysis of tropical ecosystems, mainly forests, in terms of their constituent units, the individual trees. Many different approaches are possible in the analysis of tropical forests. A simple one is to treat the trees as obstacles which in a military sense intercept projectiles or are a hindrance to foot soldiers (Addor et al., 1970). A similar ap- proach might be adopted by an engineer confronted by a forest which has to be removed to permit road construc- tion. The timber merchant is concerned with the ability of a forest to yield saleable lumber. The interest here is in the size of the larger trunks with some concern for the kinds of trees.

At a less destructive level the scientist aims to comprehend the forest from many different points of view. The forester himself, in conjunction with the taxonomist, will wish to analyze the floristic composition of the forest and perhaps account for species diversity in an evolutionary time scale (e.g., Fedorov, 1966; Ashton, 1969). The evolutionary biologist in his turn may be concerned with reproductive strategies in forest trees (e.g., Bawa, 1974), especially in a comparative way.

The approach adopted by the ecologist offers the greatest scope, since he may combine several different methods of analysis. Much research has gone into the physiognomy of tropical forests, size distribution of trees, stratification, diversity in relation to soil type or soil moisture content and has been summarized recently by Rollet (1974). Phenological studies of tropical forests have produced a great deal of data which reveals the extent to which flower- ing, fruiting and leaf fall mayor may not be seasonal (e.g., Coster, 1923; Holttum, 1940, 1953; cf. also Lieth, 1970). The production ecologist is interested in the forest as an efficient system for light interception and yield of dry matter, both in a relative and a comparative way (e.g., Kira, 1978; Kira et al., 1964, 1969; Monsi et al., 1973; Bernard – Reversat, 1975). Photosynthetic efficiency in terms initially of leaf and branch orientation but ultimately in competitive ability is another stimulating approach which is summarized in the description of trees as “crafty green strategists” (Horn, 1971).

A universal tendency in these approaches is to treat trees as equivalent units – as taxonomic, physiological, reproductive units and so on. Much less attention has been given to the trees in the forest as individuals. This is our approach. However, we do not merely regard trees as individuals at one point in time, but as genetically diverse, developing, changing individuals, which respond in various ways to fluctuations in climate and microclimate, the incidence of insects, fungal and other parasites but particularly to changes in surrounding trees. The tree is then seen as an active, adaptable unit and the forest is made up of a vast number of such units interacting with each other.”

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L’ architecture de la forêt guyanaise

Profile of a patch of forest of about 30 X 40 m in the Saül region, at an altitude of 285 m. Thick line: trees of the whole of the present; dotted and shaded: trees of the future set; thin line: standing or fallen trees from the past as a whole; thick dotted line: trees outside the plot. Structural sets at about 15 m, 40 m and 55 m. By Oldeman (1974)

Oldeman, R.A.A. (1974a, 2nd ed.). L’architecture de la forêt guyanaise. Mémoires ORSTOM, 73.

Cet ouvrage a fait l’objet d’une thèse soutenue le 16 décembre 1972 à l’Université des Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc pour obtenir le grade de Docteur ès Sciences Naturelles, with highest honours (summa cum laude).

“The book concludes with an attempt to interpret forest profiles drawn, by some of its predecessors, in various tropical or extratropical regions. Most of all, I found from this essay the inadequacy of the profiles in question, no doubt excellent at the time they were sketched, but incomparably less accurate and less representative than those of Oldeman…

…The main thing in Oldeman’s work is that he created a methodology made up of a whole set of perfectly articulated morphogenetic, ecological and physiological concepts allowing the structural analysis of the populations of trees, mostly dicots, in all regions of the world. A recent, unpublished essay by the author on a Massachusetts forest showed that it is possible, by the methods tried in Guyana, to explain it and to understand the profound differences distinguishing it from equatorial forests. The flexible and adaptable character of the oldemanian system is thus highlighted. This work, which testifies to a very imaginative and creative spirit, is called to a great resonance.”

George Mangenot


Oldeman summarises on p.78:

“The forest is characterized by its trees. In the first part, we examined the rules to which tree growth obeys, expressed in an architecture peculiar to each species, but whose principle can be identified in relation to some twenty tree models. These criteria make it possible to distinguish three sets of forest trees. The whole of the future includes young trees, who, conforming to the initial model, often regenerated, will give structure to the future forest. The whole of the present brings together the trees having reached, by an abundant reiteration and growth in thickness, their maximum biomass and which determine the current architecture of the forest; the whole present is subdivided into structural sets at different heights. Forest architecture is stratified; the relative density of the trees in each set determines the good or bad visibility of “strata.” Lastly, the whole of the past includes trees in the process of being eliminated, traces of previous structures more or less blurring the architecture of the present…

… A fourth forest complex is clearly visible in the windfall. It brings together the seeds and active meristems, in contrast with forest layers where these organs are mostly latent. It is worth remembering that seeds and active meristems are the exclusive producers of forest biomass; they form the entire infrastructure of the forest.”

Oldeman on p.81:

The survey of a profile and a plan of a forest plot in the described biotope was carried out without taking into account the undergrowth, in a layer less than ten meters, because we are studying the framework of the architecture forestry. This is why the parcel was chosen in a place where the undergrowth had been recently removed for the entomological mission. The area of ​​the plot was approximately 30 X 40 meters, more than sufficient for an architectural study of the forest, the structural continuity of which outside the plot was easy to verify by direct observation. It goes without saying that this method cannot be applied during an inventory targeting another aspect of the forest, such as phytosociology, floristics or forest size.

The plot plan was established by locating the topographical position of the trunks of all the trees and estimating the extent of the projection of their tops on the ground. The diameters of the trunks and the dimensions of any buttresses were measured at the same time and entered on the blank. The heights – total height, free trunk – were then determined using a Blume-Leiss dendrometer. Finally, sketches of the architecture of each tree were made in the field; their perspective deformations were corrected, using height measurements, on the final profile).

Forest City Rendezvous

This website of Civitas Naturalis is about the rendezvous of forest and city. One of the two basic colours therefor is Pantone® Forest Green 17-0230 TPG. It is used in links, sidebars and menus.

It represents the forest of course, an obvious and easy to be remembered association. It is the complementary colour of the Pantone® Poppy Red, which has been chosen representing the city.

The colour also symbolises in a broader sense nature in the Ecosystem City canvas. It is within that the functional component representing the natural environment as organism, surrounding the city and its life in it, but also being a high and essential value on itself. 

Forests: Elements of Silvology

Oldeman, R.A.A. (1990). Forests: Elements of Silvology. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag.

Silvology is the general science of forest ecosystems, without the usual division between Man and Nature. This systematic treatment of forests intends to integrate and harmonize existing approaches with the help of systems modeling in a hierarchy of close system levels, according to criteria of biological architecture, biomass production and species composition. Scientists and practitioners will appreciate this synoptic treatment of forests and their ecology, allowing the balance of holistic and reductionist viewpoints, and the placement of phenomena and techniques.

Topics covered include: – introduction of the methods, – sections on forest organisms, – a special chapter on trees, – eco-units, i.e. forest ecosystems developing after some zero-event like fire, storm or waterlogging, – silvatic mosaics built by the eco-units of different size, architecture and species composition, – a summary of silvological rules determining system’s behaviour at every level, e.g. fragmentation and fusion, transfer of functions, irreversibility and process oscillation. Read more