Europe’s forests are being hit hard by climate change. At the same time we expect forests to fulfil their carbon sink function and maintain and provide many other functions. This is not only vital for the big forest countries, but also for the wood importing countries in Europe. Europe needs coordinated actions in this field. Climate-Smart Forestry (CSF) is a prominent way to deal with this and is urgently needed to connect mitigation with adaption measures, enhancing the resilience of forest resources and ecosystem services, and meet the needs of a growing population. The Netherlands has been the first country in Europe to establish CSF pilots to connect science to action and to demonstrate its potential. Several other countries have also started actions in recent years.
We believe that it is time to upscale the actions based on the experiences from CSF projects. In 2020, a European Network on Climate-Smart Forestry has started, with representatives from more than ten European countries (listed below). The network gathers information on CSF projects. The gathered information is presented on the interactive map on this webpage. In 2021, more information on projects will be added.
|Per Kristian Rørstad15