Forest restoration at a three-way crossroads

Opportunities, climate change and natural forest expansion

What to do, where and how?

On November 3, 2021, Desert Leaves, Reforest, the Generalitat Valenciana and the Universitat Politècnica de València organized a day of knowledge transfer to share academic and technical advances with forest managers and technical staff in dryland areas of Spain. The event took place in buildings of the Generalitat Valenciana, with live online broadcasting. In the current scenario of policies, strategies and incentives for forest restoration, both from the national and international level, and from the public and private sectors, there is a convergence of, on the one hand, the natural regeneration of our forests and forest areas; and, on the other, biogeographical changes associated with climate change that generate doubts about how to approach actions related to the forests of the future. This symposium dealt with aspects related to this triple crossroads, with special emphasis on how restoration techniques can and should respond to these challenges.

Watch the symposium online (YouTube)


  • Eva Llopis SanchoCo-founder Desert Leaves
  • Paula Tuzón MarcoSecretaria Autonómica de Emergencia Climática y Transición Ecológica, Generalitat Valenciana
  • María Gonzalez SanchisUniversitat Politècnica de València
  • Roberto Ballester FuilleratDesert Leaves Foundation
  • Javier Hermoso de MenaGeneralitat Valenciana
  • Antonio Del CampoUniversitat Politècnica de València
  • Laura Blanco CanoUniversitat Politècnica de València
  • Javier Pérez RomeroUniversitat Politècnica de València
  • Pilar Ara LázaroServicio de Ordenación y Gestión Forestal – Consellería de Agricultura, D.R.E.C.T.E.
  • Vicente Deltoro TorróServicio de Vida Silvestre y Red Natura 2000, Consellería de Agricultura, D.R.E.C.T.E.
  • Rafael Navarro CerilloUniversidad de Córdoba

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