At the scale of human life, soil is a non-renewable resource, and forests, one of the major land-cover types of the Planet, are a multipurpose, complex and self-regenerating type of ecosystem. The comprehension of soil related processes, soil-tree relationships, forest dynamics and management in different environments is fundamental, especially in the context of global change, to guarantee a sustainable use of forest products (i.e., timber or wood energy) and to provide a broad range of ecosystem services. A reliable economic assessment of sustainable forest management and of ecosystem services is useful to setup state or intergovernmental policies promoting habitat conservation and/or increasing people’s socio-economic perspectives. Here we blend different research experiences on forest and environmental sectors. Future challenges should direct forest research focusing on non-renewable resources (soil, water, air), their functional changes due to forest management and product use, and on the externalization of those ecosystem services not yet accounted for.
Forests and Soils: Sustainable Products and Ecosystem Services for Human Well-Being / Corti, Giuseppe; Urbinati, Carlo; Cocco, Stefania; Casucci, Cristiano; Toscano, Giuseppe; Finco, Adele; Bentivoglio, Deborah; Bucci, Giorgia; Cardelli, Valeria; Bernardi, Arianna De; Hoseini, Marziyeh; Malandra, Francesco; Mancini, Manuela; Rossini, Giorgio; Serrani, Dominique; Tonelli, Enrico; Vitali, Alessandro. - ELETTRONICO. - (2020), pp. 617-630. [10.1007/978-3-030-33832-9_39]