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Primeval Beech Forests: Reference Systems for the Management and Conservation of Biodiversity, Forest Resources and Ecosystem Services
Beech forests are amongst the most important forest types in Central and Southern Europe, where they cover 6 to 30% of the forest area. Various forest management practices since centuries have altered stand structure, biodiversity and ecosystem goods and services. Today, primeval beech forests are limited to a few regions mainly in Eastern and Southeastern Europe. Concerns about biodiversity loss through forest management and possible changes in the ecosystem’s resilience due to changing climate and extreme events make the study of reference systems such as primeval forests a priority.
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