(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

Forest transition and biogeographic meaning of the current laurel forest landscape in Canary Islands, Spain

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

AROZENA M.E. (1) ; PANAREDA J.M. (2) ;
(1) Dept. of Geography, Univ., La Laguna, ESPAGNE
(2) Dept. of Physical Geography and GRA, Univ., Barcelona, ESPAGNE


According to the forest transition theory, in the protected areas of Anaga and Teno Rural Parks (Tenerife) and Garajonay National Park (La Gomera), the forest reaction to the gradual abandonment of economic activity reveals how strongly human activity has shaped the features of the laurel forest, which traditionally has been considered to be relatively untouched by humankind. How natural disturbances have affected this forest over the past few years has also contributed to a better understanding of its dynamics. This study explains the key patterns of spontaneous dynamics in the Canarian laurel forest to enrich the understanding of this forest and its landscape, while highlighting the importance of human activity as the catalyst for its current vigorous dynamics


Article of periodic

published at : Physical geography / ISSN 0272-3646

Editor : Taylor & Francis, Abingdon - ROYAUME-UNI (1980)

Millesime : 2013, vol. 34, no3 [pp. 211-235]

Bibliographic references : 5 p.

Collation : 10 fig., 2 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 20106

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