Report: “Adaptation of Forests and People to Climate Change – A Global Assessment” (2009)

International Union of Forest Research Organizations – Authored by 35 of the world’s top forestry scientists … “Adaptation of Forests and People to Climate Change – A Global Assessment” provides the first global assessment to date of the ability of forests to adapt to climate change and is expected to play a key role in next week’s United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) discussions. The report presents the state of scientific knowledge regarding the current and projected future impacts of climate change on forests and people along with options for adaptation.

“We normally think of forests as putting the brakes on global warming, but in fact over the next few decades, damage induced by climate change could cause forests to release huge quantities of carbon and create a situation in which they do more to accelerate warming than to slow it down,” said Risto Seppälä, a professor at the Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla) and Immediate Past President of IUFRO, who chaired the expert panel that produced the report.

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