Will northern forests be able to stand the heat?

Boreal forests are likely to be particularly affected by climate change. An IUFRO-EFI Learning Event during Forest Day 3 discussed the projected impacts and explored the most promising adaptation measures.

Boreal forests cover one third of the Earth’s forested area and have been estimated to contain up to 30% of all carbon stored in terrestrial biomes. The region is expected to experience more warming than equatorial zones and its temperature-limited forests will therefore particularly suffer. But will they be able to stand the heat?

At a Learning Event jointly organized by IUFRO and the European Forest Institute on 13 December 2009 during Forest Day 3 in Copenhagen, Denmark, a panel of renowned scientists and stakeholders discussed projected impacts of climate change on boreal and temperate forests, and how to reduce their vulnerability and increase their adaptive capacity. 

Download PDF version of the press release.

Download PDF version of the programme of the Learning event.

Further information about Forest Day 3:

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Gerda Wolfrum: +43 1 877 0151 17 or wolfrum(at)

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