Mountain Protection Forests against Natural Hazards and Risks: New French Developments by Integrating Forests in Risk Zoning. Berger, F. and Rey, F. 33(3):395–404.
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Forests can play a very significant role in protection against natural hazards and risks in mountain lands, especially against erosion and rockfalls. This paper first assesses knowledge concerning the capacity of forests to control natural hazards, with emphasis placed on forest location in catchments or slopes. Zoning aspects are then presented; based on the use of GIS, they allow determining priorities for forestry operations (cuts and biological engineering), in view to setting up an ''optimal management'' of mountain forest ecosystems. Finally, an explanation is given of how the results of research are used for the management and planning of mountain ecosystems, illustrated by an example of researcher-practitioner transfer in France. Zoning, prevention, display and regular aspects are developed. On the basis of the experience and knowledge presented here, recommendations are proposed to better take into account the role of mountain forests in the control of natural hazards and risks. It is necessary to have an adapted legislative and economic framework, define priority forest intervention zones and determine an adapted sylviculture.
@article{bergerMountainProtectionForests2004,
  title = {Mountain Protection Forests against Natural Hazards and Risks: New {{French}} Developments by Integrating Forests in Risk Zoning},
  author = {Berger, F. and Rey, F.},
  date = {2004},
  journaltitle = {Natural Hazards},
  volume = {33},
  pages = {395--404},
  issn = {1573-0840},
  doi = {10.1023/b:nhaz.0000048468.67886.e5},
  url = {https://doi.org/10.1023/b:nhaz.0000048468.67886.e5},
  abstract = {Forests can play a very significant role in protection against natural hazards and risks in mountain lands, especially against erosion and rockfalls. This paper first assesses knowledge concerning the capacity of forests to control natural hazards, with emphasis placed on forest location in catchments or slopes. Zoning aspects are then presented; based on the use of GIS, they allow determining priorities for forestry operations (cuts and biological engineering), in view to setting up an ''optimal management'' of mountain forest ecosystems. Finally, an explanation is given of how the results of research are used for the management and planning of mountain ecosystems, illustrated by an example of researcher-practitioner transfer in France. Zoning, prevention, display and regular aspects are developed. On the basis of the experience and knowledge presented here, recommendations are proposed to better take into account the role of mountain forests in the control of natural hazards and risks. It is necessary to have an adapted legislative and economic framework, define priority forest intervention zones and determine an adapted sylviculture.},
  keywords = {*imported-from-citeulike-INRMM,~INRMM-MiD:c-13363579,forest-resources,landslides,natural-hazards,rockfalls,soil-erosion,soil-resources},
  number = {3}
}
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