Preservation of the Mediterranean forest in the face of climate change motivates workshops

Initiative brings specialists to the interior of the Algarve to discuss solutions to combat drought

The preservation of the Mediterranean forest in the face of climate change is the theme of the workshops that will take place in Querença, on 22 November, in an initiative by the Manuel Viegas Guerreiro Foundation and the Loulé City Council, with the collaboration of the University of Algarve.

According to the Foundation, “the consequences arising from climate change are a reality that cannot be ignored and demand changes in all sectors in the short term. With increasingly longer drought periods and higher year-on-year average temperatures, the preservation of the Mediterranean forest is a concern”.

The Algarve «is currently facing a situation of severe drought in most municipalities, being one of the regions of the national territory where it has rained less. Concerns about water scarcity have therefore been increasing. If the rain does not arrive in the next few months, not only will there be a lack of water for public consumption, but also to maintain agricultural and pastoral activities and ensure the survival of the Mediterranean forest and its ecosystems. Debating this issue in the south of the country is, for that reason, of added importance».

The double event brings together experts from the forestry area, at the Foundation's Auditorium, in Querença, on the 22nd of November, between 14:00 pm and 18:00 pm.

One of the guests is Nuno de Almeida Ribeiro, researcher at the Institute of Earth Sciences (ICT) and professor at the University of Évora. In an intervention starting at 14:30 pm, the teacher addresses the topic “The challenges of adaptive management of Mediterranean forest and silvopastoral ecosystems in a context of climate change”.

Two hours later, at 16:30 pm, and after a short break between workshops, Teresa Soares David, a researcher at the National Institute for Agrarian and Veterinary Research (INIAV), brings the topic “Adaptation of forests to drought. The role of root systems in deep water abstraction”.

In this set of workshops, after the interventions of the specialists, the public is invited to ask questions, in an open conversation, where the objective is to establish a fruitful sharing of ideas.

This double event, which is already the second of its kind, the first having taken place last June, takes place within the scope of the project “Valorization and Use of the Mediterranean Forest, the case of the Municipality of Loulé”, resulting from a joint application between the Manuel Viegas Guerreiro Foundation and Loulé City Council, under the Action Plan for the Development of Endogenous Resources (PADRE).

The initiative is public and free, although it is subject to registration, which can be carried out through the project website, in person at the Foundation's headquarters and/or by calling 289 414 213.

The session will also be broadcast via streaming on Foundation YouTube channel.