and importance of the project
forests of Mount Athos and especially those of
Holm oak have been degraded to coppice, they still hold their
floristic diversity and suffer from limited soil erosion. No other
threats exist, except from fires, which could spread rapidly due
to the structure of the forests.
to high forest, a status that they had until the end of the 19th
century, will give them an almost excellent conservation status,
being an example throughout the Mediterranean Basin.
the importance of these forests to nature conservation at a
European level, their rehabilitation will substantially contribute
to the restoration of the ancient landscape of Mount Athos, which
had old-growth forests as a primary characteristic.
project has a strong innovative spirit since it is the first time
that selective-inversion thinnings are used for the rehabilitation
coppice forests. It is expected that the successful implementation
of this action will result in the application of similar
management techniques in other forests of the same habitat
replacing other, not ecologically sound methods.