More deadwood in forests: A major issue for resilience and biodiversity

What is the role of dead wood in our forests? This is the subject of the new Forêt & Naturalité dossier. In this dossier, Forêt & Naturalité proposes to review current knowledge on dead wood and its role in forest ecosystems. 

One of the challenges of current forest management lies in the balance sought between sustainable wood production and biodiversity conservation. Biodiversity has become a social issue in itself, but it is also increasingly considered, and rightly so, as an expression of the resilience of the environment to crises. Deadwood has an important role to play in this, which is not well known or understood, and in any case not sufficiently taken into account. Unfortunately, and despite the knowledge that has been accumulating on this subject for several decades, its volume and diversity are still insufficient in Walloon forests. 

This dossier is intended for decision-makers, foresters, public or private owners, practitioners, but also students, teachers or citizens looking for a complete and structured source of information on the subject. The dossier addresses, among other things, the biodiversity linked to deadwood and the measures necessary for its conservation, the role of deadwood in maintaining forest productivity and carbon storage, and preconceived ideas about the perception of deadwood by foresters and the general public. At the end of the document, based on all the scientific knowledge, Forêt & Naturalité makes recommendations for minimum measures to conserve deadwood.

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Białowieża: Saving Europe’s last primary forest

Białowieża: Saving Europe’s last primary forest

Since 2016, Forêt & Naturalité has been committed to the defence of the “last primary forest in Europe”, the Polish forest Białowieża. Our team has often visited Poland to investigate the plans of the government and foresters that threaten the last lowland primary forest in Europe. In this report, we offer a detailed account of the facts and issues at stake. Beyond the economic stakes, we discover power and interest struggles, divergent ecological arguments, and unsuspected ideological reasons. A situation that in some respects has surprising similarities with the situation here in Wallonia…