Climate-smart forest management in the western Cserhát Mountains

Within the CLIMAFORCEELIFE project, WWF Hungary works with four private forest owners from different regions of the country, who apply and test forest management measures can help forests to be more natural and increase their resilience. On 11 October 2022, Gábor Flamich, one of our private forest owner partners presented to members of the media in his forest in Kosd what forestry measures can be used to make a forest more resilient to the effects of climate change, and what is necessary for forests to fulfil their role in mitigating climate effects.

In his forests-area of 500 hectares in total, mostly consisting of a former cooperative forest (of which the Kosd forest is 162 hectares), approximately 400 hectares are farmed managed in transformation mode with the aim of creating a forest of continuous cover, the maintenance of which will be economical in the long term. The mixed forest, which consists predominantly of oaks – the typical tree species of which are turkey oak, downy oak, sessile oak, field maple, manna ash, wild berries – has been managed by its owner for ten years, and he has carried out a number of interventions that help the forest to successfully resist the effects of climate change. Among other things, canopy gaps have been opened, native turkey oak forest will be created with restructuring in the place of the invasive acacia, and water retention measures will also be implemented.

The private forest owner participating in the CLIMAFORCEELIFE project prepared their climate adaptation plans, which can be found on the project’s website (in Hungarian).

Photo: Pál Bódis, Viktória Kokics / WWF Hungary, Dalma Szondy / HVG