Defining climate-smart forestry

Weatherall, Andrew ORCID logo ORCID: , Nabuurs, Gert-Jan, Velikova, Violeta, Santopuoli, Giovanni, Neroj, Bożydar, Bowditch, Euan, Temperli, Christian, Binder, Franz, Ditmarová, L’ubica, Jamnická, Gabriela, Lesinski, Jerzy, Porta, Nicola La, Pach, Maciej, Panzacchi, Pietro, Sarginci, Murat, Serengil, Yusuf and Tognetti, Roberto (2021) Defining climate-smart forestry. In: Tognetti, Roberto, Smith, Melanie and Panzacchi, Pietro, (eds.) Climate-smart forestry in mountain regions. Managing Forest Ecosystems book series (MAFE), 40 . Springer, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 35-58.

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Climate-Smart Forestry (CSF) is a developing concept to help policymakers and practitioners develop focused forestry governance and management to adapt to and mitigate climate change. Within the EU COST Action CA15226, CLIMO (Climate-Smart Forestry in Mountain Regions), a CSF definition was developed considering three main pillars: (1) adaptation to climate change, (2) mitigation of climate change, and (3) the social dimension. Climate mitigation occurs through carbon (C) sequestration by trees, C storage in vegetation and soils, and C substitution by wood. However, present and future climate mitigation depends on the adaptation of trees, woods, and forests to adapt to climate change, which is also driven by societal change. Criteria and Indicators (C & I) can be used to assess the climate smartness of forestry in different conditions, and over time. A suite of C & I that quantify the climate smartness of forestry practices has been developed by experts as guidelines for CSF. This chapter charts the development of this definition, presents initial feedback from forest managers across Europe, and discusses other gaps and uncertainties, as well as potential future perspectives for the further evolution of this concept.

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783030807672
Departments: Institute of Science and Environment > Forestry and Conservation
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Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2023 12:38
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