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SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT: AN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE Tim Rollinson Director General Forestry Commission SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT The planet’s forests are disappearing Forest cover reached an all time low in the UK 100 years ago

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sustainable forest management an international perspective

SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT: AN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE

Tim Rollinson

Director General

Forestry Commission

sustainable forest management
SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT
  • The planet’s forests are disappearing
  • Forest cover reached an all time low in the UK 100 years ago
  • But we have recovered - forest cover is now 14% in Wales
  • So we have practical experience of restoring our forests
  • Our knowledge and expertise is invaluable
intergovernmental panel on climate change
INTERGOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE

IPCC 4th Assessment was published in 2007

“Forestry can make a very significant contribution to a low-cost global mitigation portfolio …”

“ … this opportunity is being lost . . . and has resulted in only a small proportion of this potential being realised at present”

ipcc forestry s contribution
IPCC - FORESTRY’S CONTRIBUTION

“In the long term, a sustainable forest management strategy aimed at maintaining or increasing forest stocks, while producing an annual sustained yield of timber, fibre or energy from the forest, will generate the greatest mitigation benefit”

ipcc forestry options
IPCC - FORESTRY OPTIONS
  • Reduce emissions from deforestation
  • Enhance sequestration in existing and new forests
  • Use wood fuels as a substitute for fossil fuels
  • Use wood products in place of energy - intensive materials eg concrete, steel
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IPCC - FORESTRY OPTIONS

“ … the technologies and knowledge required to implement mitigation activities exist today”

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SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT
  • Forests must be managed on a sustainable basis
  • UK has been at forefront in understanding and defining how to do this
  • UK Forestry Standard sets the benchmarks
  • UK was first country in world to have all its public forests certified as managed sustainably
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SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT
  • UK experience sought by many countries - China, Brazil, Russia, US, Sweden …
  • UK is a founder member of Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration
  • We are working with other countries - eg Wales is working with China
an action plan for forestry and climate change
AN ACTION PLAN FOR FORESTRY AND CLIMATE CHANGE
  • Assessment of Forestry’s Contribution to Tackling Climate Change
  • Centre for Forestry and Climate Change
  • Framework for Woodland Carbon Management and Emissions Offsetting
      • Standards and Guidelines
      • Protocols for Carbon Assessment and Monitoring
      • Code of Practice for Woodland Offsetting Schemes
  • Forests and Climate Change Network
conclusions
CONCLUSIONS
  • The foundation for forestry’s contribution to combating climate change is Sustainable Forest Management
  • In the UK we have 90 years experience and learning lessons
  • We have the Knowledge, the Skills and the Technology
  • We now have to show we have the willpower!