ClimateXChange :: Forestry


Forests are an important carbon sink, through the tree crop, vegetation and soil. This gives Scotland’s forests a key role in reducing climate change. Managing and expanding forests and restoring suitable afforested peatland sites are important to increase the carbon storage capacity.

Climate Ready Forestry Workshop
Stories from Queen Elizabeth Forest Park

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Forestry can also contribute to the wood fuel industry, providing a sustainable low-carbon alternative to fossil fuels. Promoting wood products in place of carbon intensive materials reduces emissions and supports a ‘wood culture’ contributing to Scotland’s green economy.

Some Scottish forest sites are also suitable for integrating other 'green' energy generation including microhydro and wind energy.

Changes in climate can increase the forest growing season but also lead to more damage from diseases, extreme weather and frost. In the future Scottish forests may have species we don’t see today. In sum this means that the forest industry needs to adapt across the whole supply chain, from seed to stand, and saw to sale.

The importance of forestry in climate change means ClimateXChange works across many policy challenges. Land management for optimising carbon storage and increase the wood fuel industry needs to be balanced against a range of other forest ecosystem services, like biodiversity or recreational use. Changes in our forests will also impact on for example water quality, flooding and the risk of land slips.

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