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Coastal woodlands, forestry and conservation along the Atlantic and North Sea shores
Tekke, R.M.H.; Salman, A.H.P.M. (1995). Coastal woodlands, forestry and conservation along the Atlantic and North Sea shores, in: Salman, A.H.P.M. et al. (Ed.) Coastal Management and Habitat Conservation: Proceedings of the 4th EUCC Congress, Marathon, Greece: Volume 1. pp. 395-409
In: Salman, A.H.P.M.; Berends, H.; Bonazountas, M. (Ed.) (1995). Coastal Management and Habitat Conservation: Proceedings of the 4th EUCC Congress, Marathon, Greece: Volume 1. EUCC: Leiden. ISBN 90-75502-02-8. VI, 502 pp., more

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  • Tekke, R.M.H.
  • Salman, A.H.P.M.

Abstract
    This paper presents a summary of the main results, conclusions and recommendations of a project on coastal dune woodlands and forestry along the Atlantic and North Sea shores of the European Union for Coastal Conservation (EUCC). It includes an inventory of natural and semi-natural dune woodlands, their distribution and major characteristics as reference type for coastal dune woodland conservation and management. Next to this it contains an inventory of coastal dune afforestations, their occurence, characteristics and effects on the dune environment. Finally a comparison has been made of natural values between natural and afforested woodlands, with special emphasis to the EC-Habitats Directive. The project concludes that afforestations cover large areas of coastal dunes (24.8%) where the natural vegetation has disappeared. Semi-natural woodlands also cover a considerable part of the dunes (21.6%) while natural woodlands cover only a small part (2.9%). The project report also concludes that natural and semi-natural woodlands have higher natural values than afforestations. The main recommendations from this study are (i) that the remaining natural coastal dune woodlands along the Atlantic and North Sea shores of Europe need to be protected not only for the purpose of nature conservation but also for other functions as recreation, sand stabilisation and (ii) that the management of semi-natural woodlands and afforestations should be based on the natural reference situation.

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