Biogeography as a discipline for landscape conservation, planning andmanagement. Characterisation and biogeographical assessment of sessile oakforests in the north of the Iberian Peninsula

  1. Pedro José Lozano Valencia 1
  2. María Cristina Díaz Sanz 2
  3. Asier Lozano Fernández 1
  4. Rakel Varela Ona 1
  5. Guillermo Meaza Rodriguez 1
  1. 1 Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea

    Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea

    Lejona, España


  2. 2 Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

    Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

    Ciudad Real, España


Spanish geography at contemporary times. State of the question (1972-2022)

Publisher: Asociación Española de Geografía

ISBN: 978-84-124962-8-4

Year of publication: 2022

Pages: 135-157

Type: Book chapter


One of the main aspects of biogeography is its applied nature. thus, it isconfigured as a first-order tool for the conservation, planning and management of thelandscape. Aware of this, the lurralde-on research group has been inventorying,characterizing and evaluating different patches of petrano oak (Quercus petraea) in thenorth of the Iberian Peninsula. Its relict, finicky and rare character means that it must beconsidered for its protection and correct management. We have worked on examplesfrom the autonomous communities of Aragón, Navarra, Basque country and CastillaLeón. The methodology used - lanbioeva (acronym of "landscape biogeographicalevaluation") - is a tool for the analysis, diagnosis and management of biotic units andlandscapes. Through a systematic inventory of 10 plots in 5 different patches, we areable to establish a good characterization of these forests, as well as their biogeographicalevaluation. All these patches have important records in terms of conservation interestdue to their broad territorial, mesological and cultural values. On the other hand, theconservation priority also shows important scores due to their scarcity and the existenceof anthropic threats that should be reversed or controlled.