The “Independent Panel on Forestry” publishes a report containing a set of recommendations on forestry and woodland policy in England, including the management of the public forest estate.
The Panel’s report has a strong focus on the value of ecosystem services provided by woodlands (water quality and management, biodiversity and carbon capture). The Panel recommends that the total value of forestry’s multiple benefits is fully recognised and that the Government should pioneer a new approach to valuing and rewarding management, improvement and expansion of ecosystem services. The Panel also recommends a new approach to the management of the Public Forest Estate.
The Panel was established by the UK Government in March 2011 to advise on the future direction of forestry and woodland policy in England and was chaired by the Bishop of Liverpool, the Right Reverend James Jones.
The UK Government will now consider in detail the content of the Independent Panel’s report and will respond fully in January 2013.
The objective of this consultation is to collect views from citizens, organisations and public authorities on how land use activities may contribute to climate change mitigation; if land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) should count towards the EU's greenhouse gas reduction commitment; and, if so, the ways in which this could be done. The EU has committed unilaterally to reduce its overall greenhouse gas emissions by 20% below 1990 levels by 2020, and by up to 30% if conditions are right. Emissions and removals in the LULUCF sector are currently not part of the EU's commitment. However, and in accordance with Decision 406/2009/EC (Articles 8 and 9), the Commission shall assess modalities for the inclusion of associated emissions and removals in the reduction commitment and, as appropriate, make a proposal.
After a description of the forestry sector and its position in existing carbon pricing frameworks, this study focuses on the extent to which "voluntary" carbon markets might make it possible to value the sequestration of CO2 in forestry and timber projects carried out in French territory. With an eye towards practical application, it is based on seven hypothetical projects that could apply for carbon certification in the voluntary markets. The study estimates the sequestration potential of these projects and the number of carbon credits they could generate. A cost benefit analysis is also developed for one of these projects.
This study examines the possibilities to monetize on carbon markets four types of actions through
which the forestry and wood sector can mitigate climate change:
Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe (MCPFE); European Commission (EC); and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
According to a new publication, if Europe is to achieve its renewable energy objective of 20% by 2020, it must step up the supply of wood from its sustainably managed forests. In Europe, only 60% of the annual natural growth of the forests is currently being harvested. For a sustainable energy future, however, this is not near enough.
The publication, Good Practice Guidance on the Sustainable Mobilization of Wood in Europe, gives an overview of measures that countries can take to mobilize their wood resources. It presents a selection of eight mobilization areas, together with concrete measures and examples of good practice, which policy-makers and practitioners can take into account when developing wood mobilization strategies and practices for their own region. The guidance is intended for decision makers in administrations and industry, as well as forestry practitioners.
Good Practice Guidance sets out general principles to be applied in wood mobilization, such as avoiding the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services, and making a maximum amount of market information available to all the stakeholders.
“We hope that this publication will illustrate the enormous potential that wood has for a sustainable energy future,” said Paola Deda, head of the UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section. “In the European Union today, over 50% of renewable energy sources come from wood”.
The present report is divided in two sections. The first describes European viewpoints on REDD, with an emphasis on the current state of play of the REDD debate within the EU and the developments of the position adopted by the relevant EU institutions on the subject.
The second presents an overview of the main players engaged on activities related to REDD (among NGOs, think tanks and private organizations), making a particular distinction between those organizations that are supportive of a integrated carbon market as means to further promote REDD initiatives and those that are skeptical of the effectiveness of such market mechanisms associated with REDD.
Climate change poses a number of threats to soils in Europe. As a follow-up to the high-level June 2008 conference on soil and climate change a group of European scientists were asked by the Commission to assess the contribution soils can make to climate change mitigation and the effect of climate change on soil productivity and organic matter depletion.
The objective of the CLIMSOIL study is to provide a more complete understanding of the link between soil under different land uses and climate change through a comprehensive literature review and expert contributions. The objective of the European Union's Thematic Strategy on soil protection is to ensure that Europe’s soils remain healthy and capable of supporting human activities and ecosystems.