Forests and the climate – KSLAT nr 6-2018

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Manage for maximum wood production or leave the forest as a carbon sink?

The Paris Agreement sets ambitious targets for climate mitigation, which require transformation of the production and consumption systems that generate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, mainly due to fossil fuel use.
The interaction of forests with the climate system is complex. The scientific literature provides a variety of views on how different forests and forest management options can be adapted to climate change – and there are also divergences in view on how they affect the climate.
This report summarizes the discussions from the 2-day international conference Forests and the climate: Manage for maximum wood production or leave the forest as a carbon sink? in March 2018 at the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry in Stockholm, Sweden. The aim was to facilitate dialogue among experts representing different views related to forest management and climate change mitigation, to help advance scientific understanding, and to identify knowledge gaps and priorities for future research and data collection.

Authors Göran Berndes, Mattias Goldmann, Filip Johnsson, Anders Lindroth, Anders Wijkman, Bob Abt, Johan Bergh, Annette Cowie, Tuomo Kalliokoski, Werner Kurz, Sebastiaan Luyssaert, and Gert-Jan Nabuurs

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