The project contributes to local management of natural resources which is a priority requirement of the Spanish National Forestry Plan. The project also makes it possible to test new experimental silviculture on the pilot sites which is aimed at improving the production and the state of health of the forests and, also, at conserving biodiversity and landscapes. Thanks to these means and to the spreading of information about such experimental undertakings, it is hoped to promote a cultivated woodland culture for city dwellers and sustainable countryside tourism.
A variety of silvicultural actions will be carried out in parallel with studies of the contribution made by such silvicutural activity to the stated management objectives (which are mainly related to enhancing biodiversity). Such studies will be used to improve silvicultural practices and will be made available to professionals:
- Design of management models (silviculture for biodiversity, for favouring fauna, flora and hunting, for improving the landscape, the economy and the prevention of wildfire and predators, for improving recreational areas…).
- Monitoring of pilot plots and analysis of the results.
- Networks of outstanding woodland formations (ancient or remarkable forests), updating of the database.
- Dissemination and exchange of results with partners at regional, national and international levels.
- Adaptation and development of models.
- Putting together a management guidelines manual.
- Training of local personnel.
- Comparative economic study:
* Woodland management with/without profitable uses and taking into account non-woodland factors;
* Assessment of job creation;
* Assessment of the environmental impact and the economic profitability of the management conducted by public authorities;
* Comparison of the cost of private forest management in the protected zones.
- Establishing the basis for the sustainable forestry certification of the Regional Park.
- Setting up of a Forestry Bureau for Biodiversity in the Regional Park.