Potential biodiversity index
In a previous article, we looked at what forest biodiversity is: a diversity of species, ecosystems and functional diversity of living beings. Preserving this biodiversity is one of the pillars of sustainable forest management, and of maintaining all the services provided by forests: regulation of the water cycle, carbon storage, soil protection, thermal regulation, etc.
Forest environments account for 80% of terrestrial biodiversity, and they are complex environments that sometimes make it difficult to analyse biological interactions. For this reason, scientists have developed 10 indentifiable factors that play a key role in forest biodiversity, making it possible to determine the Potential Biodiversity Index (PBI).
These 10 factors are very useful for taking stock of a forest's carrying capacity, and proposing improvements in forest management to encourage biodiversity.