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Title: Opportunities and challenges of Eucalyptus plantations in Europe: the Iberian Peninsula experience
Authors: Tomé, Margarida Dinis 
Almeida, Maria Helena
Barreiro, Susana
Branco, Manuela R.
Deus, Ernesto José Rodrigues Cardoso de 
Pinto, Glória
Silva, Joaquim S. 
Soares, Paula 
Rodríguez-Soalleiro, Roque
Keywords: Eucalyptus spp.; Eucalyptus globulus labill; Management and productivity; Biotic and abiotic risks; Environmental impacts; Land use planning
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: Springer Nature
Project: UIDB/04004/2020 
Serial title, monograph or event: European Journal of Forest Research
Abstract: Although native to Australia, Eucalyptus species are found throughout Europe. At present, they are located mainly in the Iberian Peninsula and Eucalyptus globulus is the most commonly planted species. Climate forecasts anticipate an expansion of Eucalyptus to other regions of Europe. The fast growth of E. globulus, together with its resprouting ability and wood properties, has promoted the use of this species in the Iberian Peninsula. The total volume of E. globulus harvested there was close to 14 million m3 in 2019. Eucalyptus species represent the main source of raw material for the pulp and paper industries and provide an important source of income to non-industrial owners. Being exotic fast-growing trees, their expansion has also been associated with negative environmental impacts. The species therefore poses a series of challenges, while also generating opportunities. The objectives of this review paper are: (1) to summarize the importance of Eucalyptus plantations in Europe; (2) to analyse the opportunities and challenges of this genus in present and future plantations in Europe; (3) to assess to what extent forest management, at both stand and landscape levels, can reduce negative impacts; (4) to make policy and management recommendations that may support the use of this genus in other European regions. These aims are accomplished based on a thorough literature review, particularly focused on research developed in the Iberian Peninsula.
ISSN: 1612-4669
DOI: 10.1007/s10342-021-01358-z
Rights: embargoedAccess
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