Cork oak forests and ecosystem services: tools in developing markets
Producing, processing and consuming cork is beneficial for the protection of highly valuable ecosystems, i.e. cork oak woodlands, whose conservation heavily depends on the persistence of human intervention in the forest. This two-day event will discuss the role of cork oak woodlands in providing Ecosystem Services (ES) and showcase tools that contribute to sustain rural livelihoods, forest owners, forest managers and industries engaged in sustainable forest management (SFM). Recognition and marketing of ES can play a key role in supporting rural incomes, encourage land stewardship and therefore guarantee cork oak woodland conservation. However, there is ongoing scepticism on the effectiveness of the existing tools in compensating ES provision. For this reason, examples and best practices from across the Mediterranean will be presented, along with the local enabling framework conditions needed to support them.
This is the third Interregional Workshop of the Cork iNet (organised by INCREDIBLE partner Agenzia Forestale Regionale per lo Sviluppo del Territorio e dell’ambiente della Sardegna, FoReSTAS) will take place next 21 and 22 November in Nuoro (Sardinia), addressed to cork producers and managers, associations, cork sector enterprises and stakeholders, decision makers. To sign in or for any request, please contact Forestas secretariat firstname.lastname@example.org, referring to “Third Cork Inter-regional workshop”.