Forests and climate change
Why is it so important to adapt forests to climate change?
Forests are at the heart of the climate change issues. On the one hand, deforestation and forest degradation contribute to up to 20% of global anthropogenic CO2 emissions. On the other hand, forests help stabilizing the climate and absorb 10 to 15% of global anthropogenic CO2 emissions, through sequestration and storage processes (for example, to produce 1m3 of oak wood, oaks absorb 1 ton of CO2). Substitution of carbon-costly products by wood products can also help reducing the amount of CO2 emissions.
Unfortunately, forests to suffer from a changing climate, and forest dieback due to a direct or indirect (fires, storms, pests) factor linked to climate change are becoming more and more common. This is especially true for areas of meeting points for several climates. For these reasons, methods, tools, and projects dealing with the adaptation of forests to climate change are increasing in number. The aim of the “Adapting forests to climate change: methods, tools, and projects” symposium is to bring all these initatives together and to help setting in motion collaborations between similar projects.
More information about forests adaptation to climate change:
- IUCN Issues Briefs: Forests and climate change
- WWF website: Forests and cliamte change
- FAO website: Forestry and climate change
- Nature News article: How much can forests fight climate change?
- FORECCAsT website: Trees and climate change