Sustainable management of resources such as forests and water is key.
Given the contemporary challenges of global change, a transition towards a sustainable economic system is more imperative than ever. The production of sufficient primary products must be assured with minimal environmental or social impacts and without altering ecosystem services. In this context, sustainable management of resources such as forests and water is key. On the one hand, forests provide renewable products while maintaining the landscape and harboring a wealth of natural biodiversity. They also provide resources shared by the public and sustain an invaluable rural community. On the other hand, water resources must be allocated for the demands of ecosystems, crops, and humans, and meanwhile the conservation of aquatic ecosystems must also be assured.
Research and innovation in this field can both influence and be supported by policies that promote the sustainable management of natural resources and the development of rural communities.
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