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Forest, Wood and Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities in the UNECE Region

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  • Kit Prins

    (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe)

  • Sebastian Hetsch

    (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe)

  • Franziska Hirsch

    (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe)

  • Roman Michalak

    (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe)

  • Ed Pepke

    (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe)

  • Florian Steierer

    (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe)

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    Abstract

    This essay explains the importance of the forests as a factor in addressing the challenges in mitigating climate change. The potential of using the forest sector more fully to capture and store carbon has been limited by the failure of current protocols and other climate change mechanisms to adequately account for the contribution of this sector. Thus, a better accounting, which will give the proper credit to the impacts that this sector is having, is viewed to be an important next step to increasing the resources that countries will devote to this factor in addressing climate change. The degree to which global warming is already affecting the forest is also discussed; increasingly mankind may be required to be more proactive in implementing “planned adaptation” activities such as increasing the diversification of forestry resources.

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    Paper provided by UNECE in its series UNECE Annual Report Economic Essays with number 2009_4.

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    Length: 7 pages
    Date of creation: Jan 2009
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    Publication status: Published in United Nations ECE 2009 Annual Report
    Handle: RePEc:ece:annrep:2009_4

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    Keywords: Climate change; global warming; forest; biofuels;

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