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Managing nature - discussing with agents of the national forest office

Every country has a national forestry office. What do they do? Do they watch the trees grow? Also, yes, but the work is more difficult. There are many stakeholders in the mountains, and as the national forestry offices manage the areas allocated to them, they must constantly find compromises between biodiversity conservation, the interests of farmers, fishermen and tourists. This is not an easy task.

The ONF manages landscapes, is responsible for Natura 2000 sites, protected sites belonging to a European network, and is involved in hunting, tourism and pastoralism. The ONF is also responsible for the state of all types of water bodies on the territories it manages.

I have produced two new videos in which i discuss with ONF agents. While the discussions are in French, you can follow the subtitles and enjoy the sublime images of the French Pyrenees.

In the episode on mountain forests, I discuss the challenges and strategies of managing mountain forests under the pressure of climate change, tourism, and pastoralism with a field officer from the French National Forestry Office (ONF). Learn how the ONF manages its forests, how it has changed its strategies over time, and the problems it faces. We show one of the rare pine forests of the Ariège, a biological reserve, very old trees, while discussing the many different problems that few people are really aware of.

In episode 7, I speak with Patrick, an agent of the French National Office (ONF), at the foot of the majestic Mont Vallier, the highest peak in the Ariegoise Pyrenees (France). We talk about the roles of the ONF in managing aquatic ecosystems and visit several lakes, Prat Matau, Etang Arreau, Estagnon, and Etang de Lers, showing the problems that need to be solved in the future.

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