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Title: Reviewing the Science and Implementation of Climate Change Adaptation Measures in European Forestry
Authors: Kolström, Marja
Marcus Lindner, Marcus
Maroschek, Michael
Seidl, Rupert
Lexer, Manfred J.
Netherer, Sigrid
Kremer, Antoine
Delzon, Sylvain
Barbati, Anna
Marchetti, Marco
Corona, Piermaria
Keywords: Forestry;Europe;Climate change;Adaptation strategies;Forest management
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: MDPI
Source: Kolström, M. et al. 2011. Reviewing the science and implementation of climate change adaptation measures in european forestry. "Forests" 2, 961-982
Developing adaptation measures in forestry is an urgent task because the forests
regenerated today will have to cope with climate conditions that may drastically changeduring the life of the trees in the stand. This paper presents a comprehensive review of potential adaptation options in forestry in Europe based on three pillars: a review of the scientific literature, an analysis of current national response strategies, and an expert
assessment based on a database compiled in the COST Action ECHOES (Expected
Climate Change and Options for European Silviculture). The adaptation measures include responses to both risks and opportunities created by climate change and address all stages of forestry operations. Measures targeted to reduce vulnerability to climate change may either aim to reduce forest sensitivity to adverse climate change impacts or increase adaptive capacity to cope with the changing environmental conditions. Adaptation measures mitigating drought and fire risk such as selection of more drought resistant species and genotypes are crucial. For adaptation to be successful it is of the utmost importance to disseminate the knowledge of suitable adaptation measures to all decision
makers from the practice to the policy level. The analysis of the ECHOES database
demonstrates that this challenge is well recognized in many European countries.
Uncertainty about the full extent of climate change impacts and the suitability of adaptation measures creates a need for monitoring and further research. A better understanding of how to increase adaptive capacity is also needed, as well as regional vulnerability assessments which are crucial for targeting planned adaptation measures.
ISSN: 1999-4907
DOI: 10.3390/f2040961
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