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    STUDIA GEOLOGIA - Issue no. 1 / 2010  
         
  Article:   FOREST CONSERVATION IN A CHANGING WORLD: NATURAL OR CULTURAL? EXAMPLE FROM THE WESTERN CARPATHIANS FORESTS, ROMANIA.

Authors:  ANGELICA FEURDEAN.
 
       
         
  Abstract:  In order to plan for the future management of some of the most biodiverse forests of Europe, it is essential that we understand under which condition they arose and the time and processes responsible for their variability. Here, I highlight the main findings from the paleoecological (pollen and charcoal), archaeological, and historical investigation comprising the last 6000 years in the Apuseni Natural Park (NW Romania), and discuss the effect of the past land use and forest management on these forests. I then ask what does it mean in term of conservation values if these forests are not natural but a human product and bring up the relevance of cultural landscape for conservation.

Keywords: pollen, documentary records, land use change, forest management, cultural landscape, conservation, Apuseni Natural Park, Romania.
 
         
     
         
         
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