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Title: Contribution of large-scale forest inventories to biodiversity assessment and monitoring

Author: Corona, Piermaria; Chirici, Gherardo; McRoberts, Ronald E.; Winter, Susanne; Barbati, Anna.;

Date: 2011

Source: Forest Ecology and Management. 262(11): 2061-2069.

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: Statistically-designed inventories and biodiversity monitoring programs are gaining relevance for biological conservation and natural resources management. Mandated periodic surveys provide unique opportunities to identify and satisfy natural resources management information needs. However, this is not an end in itself but rather is the beginning of a process that should lead to sound decision-making in biodiversity conservation. Forest inventories are currently evolving towards multipurpose resource surveys and are broadening their scope in several directions: (i) expansion of the target population to include non-traditional attributes such as trees outside the forest and urban forests; (ii) forest carbon pools and carbon sequestration estimation; (iii) assessment of forest health; and (iv) inclusion of additional variables such as biodiversity attributes that are not directly related to timber assessment and wood harvesting. There is an on-going debate regarding the role of forest inventories in biodiversity assessment and monitoring. This paper presents a review on the topic that aims at providing updated knowledge on the current contribution of forest inventories to the assessment and monitoring of forest biodiversity conditions on a large scale.

Keywords: Forest biodiversity indicators, Probabilistic sampling, Forest types, Landscape metrics

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Corona, Piermaria; Chirici, Gherardo; McRoberts, Ronald E.; Winter, Susanne; Barbati, Anna. 2011. Contribution of large-scale forest inventories to biodiversity assessment and monitoring. Forest Ecology and Management. 262(11): 2061-2069.

 


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