Climate change and forest health

The world’s climate is changing. Increased temperatures and levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide as well as changes in precipitation and in the frequency and severity of extreme climatic events are just some of the changes occurring. These changes are having notable impacts on the world’s forests and the forest sector through, for example, longer growing seasons, shift of insect pest species ranges, and changed frequency of forest fires.

A deeper understanding of the complex relationships between a changing climate, forests and forest pests is vital to enable those in forest health protection and management to prepare for changes in the occurrence and impact of indigenous and exotic pests.

This Web site presents information on the effects of climate change on forests and forest pests and the implications for forest health protection and management.

last updated:  Monday, January 27, 2014