We will improve forest resilience to climate change, and contribute to reduced GHG emissions by substituting fossil based products with forest products, and at the same time, provide increased and sustainable economic returns to forest owners.
Forests are important for the climate. The current net growth of Norwegian forest sequesters CO2 equal to 45-50% of the annual GHG-emissions. However, Norway’s and Europe’s forests are showing signs of a decreasing sink strength due to maturing forests. An ageing forest is not only associated with slower growth rates, but also higher risk of significant carbon emissions and economic losses due to natural disturbances that are likely to increase in frequency and severity.
Climate Smart Forestry Norway (CSFN) will address key research gaps, specifically related to the risk analysis and modelling. At the heart of CSFN is the identification of robust management approaches that lead to win-win situations from multiple perspectives. The project will provide management guidelines and advice that aim to reduce risk, mitigate climate change and ensure economic returns to the forest owner.
The main objective is to develop a scientific framework for holistic assessments of forest management that simultaneously consider carbon, other biophysical forcings, substitution, and risk of natural disturbance while acknowledging forest owners to have a sustainable income from their forests.
The project has five secondary objectives that will form the basis for CSFN implementation:
CSFN consists of leading forest scientists at the two main forest research institutions in Norway (NMBU and NIBIO) in collaboration with internationally leading experts from Luke, Finland and Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands. The reference group consists of key stakeholders that will provide valuable input and relevance to the project.
A new, large project, coordinated by NMBU, aims at facilitating climate smart forestry in Norway. The project will provide forest managers with tools that improve forest resilience to climate change, and contribute to reduced green house gas emissions by substituting fossil based products with forest products, and at the same time, provide increased and sustainable economic returns to the forest owner.
Work package leader
Work package leader
Gert-Jan Nabuurs (Wageningen University & Research)
BIONÆR, Norwegian Research Council through “Forskningsmidler over jordbruksavtalen (JA)”.
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