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

New publications

Climate change for forest policy-makers 12 December 2018 This document has been developed to help forest policy-makers integrate climate change into existing national forest policy. It uses 'good governance' as a driving principle and overall framework. It also encourages policy-makers to address forestry issues in a consistent manner in all national climate change strategies, including Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and other related policies and plans. [more]
FAO's work on climate change: Forests and Climate Change 8 July 2017 The publication aims to provide a broad range of data and statistics on forests, and the impact and benefits that forestry has on our environment. It also offers some general information and data about the impact forests and forestry can have in mitigating the effects of climate change, as well as information concerning how they are, in turn, affected by climate change. [more]


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last updated:  Friday, June 24, 2016