Forests don’t just produce wood. The benefits they bring to the ecosystem are many, but not incalculable. The international NGO FSC has developed a pioneering methodology to calculate them and will promote it in Spain through a series of technical workshops. The first workshop will take place on September 12 and 13 at the Higher Technical School of Engineering (ETSE) of University of Santiago de Compostela (USC).
The benefits that forests bring to the ecosystem –divided into direct and indirect and called ecosystem services– include the capture and storage of carbon dioxide, the conservation of soils and watersheds, biodiversity preservation and recreational services. FAO estimates that the ecosystem services in the world are estimated in $125 trillion.
FSC’s first workshop in Santiago de Compostela will be imparted by numerous experts such as Silvia Martínez, technical director of FSC Spain; Petra Westerlaan, FSC International Ecosystem Services Specialist; Francisco Omil, deputy director of the ETSE and coordinator of its Master of Environmental Engineering, and Alberto Rojo, professor of Agroforestry Engineering at the Senior Polytechnic School of Engineering of USC in Lugo.
The courses are aimed at both technicians and graduates related to the environment, as well as companies, associations, owners and forest managers or research centers.
Registration is free and can be done through this link: http://bit.ly/2SROI21