The Report

The first assessment report prepared in the framework of GFEP addressed "Adaptation of Forests and People to Climate Change". It was published in 2009 and formally presented at the 8th session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) taking place 20 April-1 May 2009 at the UN Headquarters in New York City.


Full Report

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Policy Brief

The Panel provided also a policy brief "Making forests fit for climate change" to ease the formulation of effective policies and management options for the adaptation of forests and the forest sector to climate change.

Powerpoint presentations:

The following presentations were given at the 8th session of the UNFF in New York where the report was formally presented on 22 April 2009:

Adaptation of Forests and People to Climate Change
Risto Seppälä

Making Forests Fit for Climate Change
Risto Seppälä

Forests and Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerabilities
Andreas Fischlin

Policy Options for the Adaptation of Forests to Impacts of Climate Change
Jeremy Rayner and Peter Glueck

Media coverage

The IUFRO report "Adaptation of Forests and People to Climate Change – A Global Assessment Report" received significant media coverage around the world.

Highlights of the media coverage include reports in Nature Magazine, BBC News, Reuters, Agence France Presse, Canwest News Service (Canada), Deutsche Presse-Agentur (Germany), Europa Press (Spain), Radio Canada, Radio France Internationale, Deutsche Welle Radio, Globe & Mail (Canada), Le Monde (France), Politiken (Denmark), Die Presse (Austria), Il Sole 24 Ore (Italy). Coverage of the IUFRO report ran in 16 languages, including Chinese (Mandarin), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Norweigan, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, and Thai.

Links to selected media coverage:

BBC News - Link to online article
BBC Green Room - Link to online article
Reuters - Link to online article
Nature News - Link to online article
Le Figaro (France) - Link to online article
Le Monde (France) - Link to scanned article
Globe & Mail (Canada) - Link to scanned article
Politiken (Denmark) - Link to scanned article
Times of India - Link to scanned article
AFP Korean - Link to online article