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What Climate Strategy for European Forests? Rethinking their contribution to climate neutrality

21 Juli 2020

What Climate Strategy for European Forests? Rethinking their contribution to climate neutrality

The European Union (EU) has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2050. This will require us to both drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to increase carbon dioxide removals. Many countries rely heavily on scenarios that substitute fossil fuels with wood products, which reduces the forest carbon sink. Several recently published research papers have found that introducing more resilient forestry practices can help achieve societal and environmental goals.

These developments provided an important opportunity for Fern and Canopée to invite EU representatives, experts, industry and civil society to our panel event on 15 July 2020, "What Climate Strategy for European Forests? Rethinking their contribution to climate neutrality". The event discussed the many variables that should be discussed when creating pathways for forests to adapt to and fight climate change. Speakers addressed land-use trade-offs of certain strategies, the complexities of addressing wood substitution, the impacts of actions on biodiversity, and the overall need to address ecology, economy and society when devising strategies for forests. 

The event discussed three studies - click on the links to see the presentations:

Kategorien: Climate, Negative Emissionen, Renaturierung

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