Joan Carvalho, our representative from Pro Silva Portugal published a book, that may be also of great interest for our partners in Brazil and interested people in Mosamique:
Published the book “Silvicultura Próxima da Natureza – Conciliar Economia e Ecologia para uma Silvicultura Mulifuncional, Rentável e Sustentável (in Portuguese)” [Close-to-Nature Silviculture – Conciliate Economy and Ecology to a Multifunctional, Profitable and Sustainable Silviculture], Ed Quantica. Joao P Fidalgo Carvalho (Pro Silva Portugal)
Close-to-nature silviculture promotes the conciliation of economy and ecology, contributing to a sustainable, multifunctional, profitable and integrate forest.
Improves the economical rentability of the forest, increasing its value and productivity, and allowing periodic revenues. At the same time, it promotes and integrates ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, biodiversity conservation, soil and water conservation, and landscape preservation.
Performs techniques in accordance to the natural processes for the regeneration and growth of the forest. Supports a holistic approach that considers the forest ecosystem as a whole, favoring its integrity, functioning and adaptive capability.
The practice of silviculture leads to an improvement of the total economic value of the forest stand, allowing sustainable revenues, while maintaining the natural forest conditions. Provides interesting contributions to the sustainability goals in their different dimensions, with benefits to the forest owner, the society, and the environment.
Close-to-mature silviculture is applied in USA and Europe and have shown great interest because of its approach to the natural processes and their economic, social, and ecological benefits.
Joao Paulo Fidalgo Carvalho is a professor of Silviculture and Dendrology at the University Tras os Montes Alto Douro, Vila Real. He has a PhD in Silviculture and made a Post-Doc on the same subject in USA as a Fulbright Scholar (USDA Forest Service SRS and North Carolina State University). He has been working on close-to-nature in several countries, after its first contact in Germany (1996). Delegate member of the silviculture association Pro Silva Europe.
João Paulo Fidalgo Carvalho, our representative from Portugal was in Brasil, invited to the X Symposium on Forest Science (X Simpósio Brasileiro de Pós-Graduação em Ciências Florestais), organised by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), 13-15 June .
He presented 'Close to Nature Silviculture as an Adaptive Silviculture' (in Portuguese 'A silvicultura próxima da natureza como uma silvicultura adaptativa'). He has been working with the Brazilian collegues these days.