At CREAF we provide essential information on the composition and function of Mediterranean forests in a context of global environmental change.
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Forest firesForest fires constitute one of the main environmental problems of terrestrial ecosystems in the Mediterranean basin. The climate and region, the history of land use change, and human activity have all favored increased frequency of fire and affect greater extensions of the territory.
Large forest fires have arrived to areas which are not normally subjected to this type of disturbance. In these cases many flora have significant problems regenerating. This also affects fauna, since it changes the availability of resources available to the animals. Additionally, large wildfires often carry a very elevated risk for people and populations, and for that reason it is necessary to plan forest management with the objective of reducing the presence of these large fires in the territory.