Roles of forests in climate change

Forests have four major roles in climate change: they currently contribute about one-sixth of global carbon emissions when cleared, overused or degraded; they react sensitively to a changing climate; when managed sustainably, they produce woodfuels as a benign alternative to fossil fuels; and finally, they have the potential to absorb about one-tenth of global carbon emissions projected for the first half of this century into their biomass, soils and products and store them - in principle in perpetuity.  More

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Forest governance by indigenous and tribal peoples. An opportunity for climate action in Latin America and the Caribbean 13 July 2021 This report demonstrates the importance and urgency of climate action to protect the forests of the indigenous and tribal territories of Latin America as well as the indigenous and tribal peoples who protect them. These territories contain about a third of the continent's forests, 14% of the carbon stored in tropical forests around the world. These territories are also home to an enormous diversity of wild fauna and flora and play a key role in stabilizing the local and regional climate. [more]
Climate-smart forestry e-learning course 1 March 2021 This fact sheet describes the course that explores the role of forests and trees in Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA). It takes into consideration the ecosystem services and goods that forests provide, and the importance of forests for the food security of forest-dependent people. It explores the complex relationship between climate change and forests, and how adaptation and mitigation measures can benefit forests, forest-dependent people, and global climate change. The synergies and trade-offs involved in climate-smart forest management are also considered. [more]


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last updated:  Friday, June 24, 2016