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

Forests, Rangelands and Climate Change in Southern Africa 16 October 2013 This report provides an overview of the actual and potential impacts of climate change on forest and rangeland resources in southern Africa, reviews related efforts under way in the countries and the region to respond to climate change, and identifies areas of potential cooperation among countries in the region. [more]
Climate change guidelines for forest managers 26 September 2013 These guidelines have been prepared to assist forest managers to better assess and respond to climate change challenges and opportunities at the forest management unit level. The actions they propose are relevant to all kinds of forest managers – such as individual forest owners, private forest enterprises, public-sector agencies, indigenous groups and community forest organizations. [more]


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last updated:  Wednesday, October 16, 2013