This case study focuses on improving the economic and environmental performance of forestry in the Basque Region of Spain.
The Roncal Valley in the Basque Pyrenees is environmentally important due to a large, legally protected forested area. However, there are many different land holdings and owners, who manage their land on an individual basis without any co-ordinated effort to enhance (or maintain) biodiversity or reduce the environmental impact of forestry activities.
Location: Roncal Valley, Basque Pyrenees, north east Spain
Main land use: forestry
Stakeholders: landowners, government technical managers, regional authority, municipal government, researchers and forest engineers
o How to improve forest management
o How to improve the quality of forest products
o Lack of knowledge about local forestry ecosystems and how they deliver public goods and services
o The current threat from and treatment of disease in tree species
o Forest fire prevention measures
o Compatibility with other forest uses e.g. hunting, tourism
Case study updates:
• A kick off meeting was held in summer 2014 with a wide range of participants, who collectively formed the Roncal Valley Forestry Society in order to improve forest management.
• Details of the case study were included in an article written for the April 2015 issue of the EFIMED Network News and can be found here http://www.anpdm.com/newsletter/2577370/44405C417344415B4671
• In late March 2015, a meeting was held with forest owners to identify challenges and innovations required in the establishment of a Forest Owners Group and in the development of a Joint Forest Management Plan. The results from a survey of forest owners was used to identify key topics and concerns. A further meeting was held in August 2015.
• Issue to be addressed in the field trials:
o The development of a forest management plan
• Following a meeting with the forest owners of Roncal to identify their requirements, a comprehensive Management and Forest Estate Planning document will be drafted, providing guidance over the next ten years.
• LIDAR (a remote sensing technology that measures distance by illuminating a target with a laser and analysing the reflected light) will be innovatively used in the preparation of the Forest Management Plan.
• The case study featured in an article written for the December 2015 issue of Navarraforestal: number 37 (in Spanish) and can be found here http://www.foresna.org/descargas/pdf/nf37.pdf
• A stakeholder meeting was held on 15th January 2016. The details of which have recently been published as a news item on the EFIMED (Mediterranean Regional Office of the European Forest Institute) website http://www.efimed.efi.int/portal/news/?bid=2299
• Details from the case study have been posted on The Union of Foresters of Southern Europe (USSE) website: The latest case study and VALERIE news can be found here http://www.usse-eu.org/es/noticias (in Spanish only). A VALERIE project summary can be found here http://www.usse-eu.org/en/proyectos (in English) and here http://www.usse-eu.org/es/proyectos (in Spanish).