The hydrological power of Laurisilva Forest

The hydrological power of Laurisilva Forest

Hydrological balance

Laurisilva – Hydrological balance

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Laurisilva is a forest that covers 20% of Madeira territory. In this video, Francisco Fernandes, a botanist at the Institute of forests and Nature Conservation, and Juan Silva, a biologist at the Museum of Natural History, introduce the concept of Laurisilva and explain why this forest is so fundamental to maintain the hydrological balance of the island. We interviewed Francisco and Juan, two weeks after the wildfire that devastated several parts of Madeira in August 2016. The Madeira Botanical Garden, in which we interviewed Francisco, was one of the places affected.