Technical Report 101

Roberto Tognetti, Giuseppe Scarascia Mugnozza, Thomas Hofer (editors)

Due to steep slopes, extreme climate and severe weather events, mountain forests are fragile ecosystems. However, forested watersheds provide important goods and services and their management requires special planning and adequate measures to sustainably secure the productive, protective and cultural functions. Building climate resilience of head watersheds in mountain regions requires reviewing management strategies and approaches of mountain forests as a source of water for downstream users. Conflicting visions between upstream and downstream communities are increasing as a result of too simplified thinking about forest-water dynamic by the public and policy-makers. Hence, a better understanding of people and resource dynamics is needed to assess the multi-functionality of watershed services.

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Recommended citation:
Roberto Tognetti, Giuseppe Scarascia Mugnozza and Thomas Hofer (editors). 2017. Mountain Watersheds and Ecosystem Services: Balancing multiple demands of forest management in head-watersheds.  EFI Technical Report 101. European Forest Institute.

Number of pages: 191