The forests of Haut-Languedoc are largely impacted by climate change, and episodes of crises (diebacks, health problems, storms) could multiply and intensify with its effects. At the level of the forest-wood sector, it is necessary to anticipate operational means to structure the actions to be taken in the event of a crisis, and also to improve vigilance before the crisis even happens.
As part of the FORECCAsT project, we developped an action plan that is both preventive, predictive and responsive.
The goal of this action plan is twofold:
The results of this process were presented on March 27, 2018 at the "Climate Risks and Collective Crisis Management" symposium
They have been formalized in a guide entitled "Managing climate change related crises in the Haut-Languedoc forest", written by Raphaël Bec, the CRPF Occitania FORECCAsT task officer. This guide is available for free on request to the Haut-Languedoc Regional Nature Park or the CRPF Occitania. It can also be downloaded by clicking on the link below.
During the summer of 2017 was set up a collaborative system to report drought indicators in forest stands: reddening trees, mortality, falling leaves, falling needles. We are still in a test phase for such a tool.
This type of reporting can be done occasionally, to transmit local data. It allows for the inventory and monitoring of field observations which, once analyzed, will help defining the level of vigilance. Therefore, each and very forester in the Haut-Languedoc Park territory can be involved in the definition of the level of vigilance.
Instructions to be involved in the reporting are available HERE. Feel free to test this procedure and to send us your feedback!
Reminder: If you have any doubt or problem regarding the health status of your forest stands, the Forest Health Department (DSF) correspondents-observers should be your privileged interlocutors.
To follow this action or for more information, you can contact Raphaël BEC - FORECCAsT task officer, CRPF Occitanie
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