Environment publishes a new edition of the ‘Guia dels boscos de les Illes Balears’ (Guide to the forests of the Balearic Islands)

Mar 22, 2022 | Current affairs, Featured, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

The Regional Minister of the Environment and Territory, Miquel Mir, and the Director-General of Natural Spaces and Biodiversity, Llorenç Mas, presented the new edition of the ‘Guia dels boscos de les Illes Balears’, an update of the previous publication of the same title by the Department of Forest Management and Land Protection of the Regional Ministry.

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“Forests are complex biological systems, very rich in biodiversity, and their good health is essential to be able to face the climate emergency with guarantees,” said the minister, who added that “with this guide, we aim to highlight all the types of forests that exist in the archipelago and bring them closer to the public”.

This edition consists of a thousand copies that will be distributed to schools and public libraries. Those interested can also request a copy at xarxaforestal@gmail.com. All the materials are available in the virtual library of the Xarxa Forestal website (www.xarxaforestal.org),

The ‘Guia dels boscos de les Illes Balears’ is an informative and educational document that brings together basic information on the forests of the Balearic Islands. It shows different aspects related to their ecological importance, the main species that make them up, the dangers and imbalances they are currently facing and the challenges posed in forest management to deal with conservation, use and exploitation in the face of the climate emergency.

In the Balearic Islands, there are currently 220,786 hectares of forest land, 44% of the surface area of the archipelago. White pine forests occupy approximately 43% of the forest land, followed by wild olive groves (25%), holm oak groves (17%) and savin groves (2.5%). In the rest of the forest land, there are other plant formations with a smaller presence of trees.