Forestry Commission chief scientist to host free seminar on climate change adaptation

The Forestry Commission's chief scientist Peter Freer-Smith will highlight the role of trees and forests in mitigating and adapting to climate change during a free event.

The Combating Climate Change: A Role for UK Forests workshop will examine the latest research report published by the Forestry Commission and endorsed by Defra secretary of state Hilary Benn last month.

In November the Forestry Commission (FC) launched the first national assessment of forestry and climate change.

The FC commissioned Professor Sir David Read and a group of the UK's leading scientists — including a number from Forest Research — to pull together the current state of knowledge on the role of forestry in helping to mitigate climate change and to adapt to the likely impacts.

The assessment covered the climate context and related fundamental forest science, climate change impacts, the potential for mitigation, adaptation and sustainable development. It is comprehensive and authoritative, coming to some firm views on both research requirements and the priority for different actions by the UK forestry sector.

Peter Freer-Smith led the FC project team responsible for the assessment and his seminar will describe its key findings and their implications.

The seminar is being held on 5 February at Northern Research Station, Roslin, near Edinburgh.

Contact Stephania Pizzirani to book a place or telephone 0131 445 6956.


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