Findings of new Forestry Commission research revealed

The status quo is "not an option" in harnessing trees for climate change mitigation and adaptation, according to latest research endorsed by Defra secretary Hilary Benn.

The study calls for increased woodland creation, backed up by targeted research into species suitable for predicted future climates as well as urban trees for shade, flood control and cooling.

Scientists led by the University of Sheffield's Sir David Read were tasked by the Forestry Commission to carry out the independent research. The report, Combating Climate Change: A Role for UK Forests, was launched by the commission yesterday (25 November).

Key aspects of the report include the need for redesigned policy incentives to adequately reward the provision of non-market benefits of forests, especially those relating to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

In addition, the scientists concluded that further scientific and socio-economic analysis is required to enable the UK to achieve the full adaptation and mitigation potential of trees and that clear, robust research will be needed.

For more on this story see this week's issue of Horticulture Week, out tomorrow (27 November).


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