Ancient Forests in the Northern Mediterranean: Neglected High Conservation Value Areas

The Mediterranean ecoregion is one of the world’s biodi-versity hotspots. It owes its ecological uniqueness essen-tially to the combination of two factors: on the one hand, it has evolved over millennia, containing some important refugia from the last ice age and on the other, the region has also been shaped by the great ancient civilisations of the Mediterranean basin.

Ancient forests have not been widely researched or prioritised in most countries of the Mediterranean. Today they amount to probably less than 1% of the total area of the ecore-gion. Yet they do exist and they hold a wealth of biodiversity and important information, notably on resilience and adaptation to threats such as climate change or forest fires.

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Stephanie Mansourian / Magali Rossi / Daniel Vallauri
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