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Forests and Climate Change
The work of this group supports national and regional adaptation in Africa by means of an improved scientific understanding of the impacts of climate change on forests and people in Africa and the options and priorities for adaptation.
The introduction of carbon finance as an incentive in forestry farming has a potential of increasing the amount of carbon sequestered. However, this has created a daunting task among investors in forestry to optimise the joint production of wood and carbon sequestration.
Carbon sequestration has become a crucial service forests provide for regulation and mitigation of climate change through reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. In Kenya, Cupressus lusitanica, Pinus patula and Eucalyptus saligna are common exotic plantation species grown in high potential areas.
Osyris lanceolata (African Sandalwood) belongs to the family Santalaceae that hosts some of the most valuable species for perfumery oil extraction.
Timber species differ in their response to logging disturbance. Knowledge about the impacts of different logging intensities is necessary to determine levels of timber extraction compatible with species responses in order to refine management interventions.
The 12th Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests will be held in New York from 1-5 May 2017. The Agenda items include the following:
Contribute to the development of a mathematical modelling framework that can bring functional diversity into representation of tropical African forests in ecosystem models
Earth is currently experiencing its strongest El Niño for many decades. Such events lead to a carbon source in the tropical land biosphere, but the exact mechanism of this carbon source is poorly described and quantified.
Forest encroachment into savanna is occurring at an unprecedented rate across tropical Africa, leading to a loss of valuable savanna habitat. One of the first stages of forest encroachment is the establishment of tree seedlings at the forest–savanna transition.
The impacts of charcoal production on woodland were assessed in the Forest-Savannah Transition Zone of Ghana to facilitate policy formulation for a win-win situation for both sustainable woodland management and charcoal production.
Restoring Forest Landscapes: A "Win-Win" for People, Nature and Climate outlines key messages for policy makers, synthesizing major lessons learnt from a recent review of the state-of-the-art scientific knowledge on the climate benefits of forest landscape restoration (FLR).
The Rwandan Ministry of Natural Resources (MINIRENA) in cooperation with the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), the Food and Agriculture Organization, and Wageningen University, based on funding support by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) are organising an International Knowledge-Sharing Workshop on “Forest Landscape Restoration and Global Change: From Policy to Practice” in Kigali, Rwanda from 26 to 27 July, 2016.
Draft ministerial declaration of the high-level segment of the eleventh sesssion of the United Nations Forum on Forests
Draft resolution submitted by the Chair of the United Nations Forum on Forests at its eleventh session, Noel Nelson Messone (Gabon), on the basis of informal consultations
TWAS is inviting young scientists from the developing world, as well as policymakers and diplomats with a science portfolio, to apply to attend a TWAS Science Diplomacy workshop on Sustainable Water Management to be held in Trieste from 30 November to 4 December, 2015.
IUFRO’s Special Programme for Development of Capacities (SPDC) in collaboration with the World Resources Institute is organizing a 3-day training workshop on science-policy interactions for forest and landscape restoration in conjunction with the World Forestry Congress