The Mediterranean forests provide a wide range of important benefits and services to society that go far beyond traditional forest products.
Furthermore, they represent one of the planet’s important centres of plant diversity, with estimated 25,000 species of which around half are endemic.
Many endangered ecosystems and rare, endemic species in the Mediterranean still coexist in close relationship with humans.
Other major causes of forest damage in the Mediterranean include fires, clearance and degradation.
Moreover, grazing is still considered by many to be a threat to the regeneration of European Mediterranean forests, yet it is also a factor that maintains biodiversity richness and diversity.
Although considerable efforts have been made to restore forest areas in the Mediterranean, the tree planting schemes used have often failed to restore the range of forest goods and services necessary to maintain healthy ecosystem integrity and to generate socio-economic benefits for local people.
Given the importance and fragility of the Mediterranean forests as well as the critical threats that they face, efforts to improve and continue forest landscape restoration in the Mediterranean region are called for.
This film is a contribution to divulge and call for attention to the forest Mediterranean issues.
Camera and Video Editing
TOMÁS A. MATOS
Script and Scientific Adviser
Special Thanks to:
TOMÁS A. MATOS
LUISA NUNES AND CARLOS REIS
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