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Forestry: a sectoral response to climate change

Tuesday 21 – Thursday 23 November

Organised by Forest Researchand the Forestry Commission of Great Britainin co-operation with the Organisation forEconomic Co-operation and Development.

Synopsis

Can we predict the impacts of climatechange on boreal, temperate and tropicalforest systems? What contribution can carbonsequestration in forests globally maketo the mitigation of climate change? Doespresent forestry policy and practice adequatelyaccommodate the current understanding ofclimate change? Are the current internationalframeworks and agreements achieving sustainableforestry, reforestation and are they sufficientto stop deforestation and forest degradation?How should the national and internationalforest sectors respond to climate changein future? Are new research, organisational,policy and practice initiatives required?

This international conferencebrings together leading experts from 15countries to consider practical proposalson the way forward.

Tuesday 21st November

1100 1

WELCOME TO THE CONFERENCE
Chair: Jim LYNCH,
ChiefExecutive, Forestry CommissionResearch Agency, Farnham

   

CO-OPERATIVE RESEARCHPROGRAMME: BIOLOGICAL RESOURCEMANAGEMENT FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURALSYSTEMS, OECD ThemeCo-ordinator

    INTRODUCTION AND CONFERENCEOBJECTIVES
The Rt. Hon. Lord David CLARK ofWindermere,
Chairman, ForestryCommission, UK
1115   OPENING ADDRESS
Ian PEARSON MP,
Ministerof State (Climate Change and theEnvironment) UK
   

CARBON SEQUESTRATIONAS A FORESTRY OPPORTUNITY INA CHANGING CLIMATE
Jeff BURLEY,
Chairman,C-Questor Ltd, UK
Co-authors: P Moura and J Ebeling

    SOILS AND WASTE MANAGEMENT:A CHALLENGE TO CLIMATE CHANGE
Report On OECD’s Co-Operative ResearchProgramme’s Co-Sponsored Conference
Jim SCHEPERS,
Soil Scientist,USDA – Agricultural Research Service,USA and Jim LYNCH, ChiefExecutive, Forest Research, UK
1230   Lunch
1400-1530 2 CLIMATE CHANGE, GHG EMISSIONSREDUCTION AND THE ROLE OF FORESTS:CURRENT AND FUTURE SCENARIOS OFGHG EXCHANGE
Chair: Peter FREER-SMITH,
ResearchDirector, Forest Research, UK
Rapporteur: Jim PENMAN, Headof Response Strategies, Defra, UK
    PRESENT AND FUTURE GLOBALCARBON SOURCES AND SINKS
Martin HEIMANN,
Director,Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry,Jena, Germany
    AFFORESTATION, REFORESTATIONAND REDUCED DEFORESTATION TO SEQUESTERCARBON AND REDUCE EMISSIONS RESPECTIVELY
Bernhard SCHLAMADINGER,
Scientist,Joanneum Research, Graz, Austria
    GLOBAL FOREST SECTOR: TRENDS,THREATS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Risto SEPPALA,
Professor,Finnish Forest Research Institute,Helsinki, Finland
1530-1615   Tea, Coffee and Conference Photograph
1615-1730 3 CLIMATE CHANGE AND FORESTS;CURRENT INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVESAND THE SCIENCE/POLICY INTERFACE
Chair: Tim Rollinson,
DirectorGeneral, Forestry Commission, UK
Rapporteur: Peter FREER-SMITH, ResearchDirector, Forest Research, UK
   

FORESTS AND CLIMATECHANGE: GLOBAL UNDERSTANDINGSAND POSSIBLE RESPONSES
Paul EKINS,
Head, EnvironmentGroup, Policy Studies Institute,UK
Co-authors: Simon Dresner, KateMcGeevor and Julia Tomei

    IPCC/PCCC – THE FORESTSCIENCE/POLICY INTERFACE
Luiz Meira FILHO,
VisitingResearcher, Institute for AdvancedStudies, University of São Paulo,Brazil
    FOREST RESPONSES TO GLOBALCHANGE IN NORTH AMERICA: INTERACTINGFORCES DEFINE A RESEARCH AGENDA
Allen SOLOMON,
NationalProgram Leader For Global ChangeResearch, USDA Forest Service, ,USA
1830   Reception
1930   Dinner

Wednesday 22nd November

0900-1030 4 FORESTRY OPTIONS FOR CONTRIBUTINGTO CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION
Chair: Werner KURZ,
SeniorResearch Scientist, Natural ResourcesCanada
Rapporteur: Sandra BROWN, SeniorScientist/Program Officer, WinrockInternational, USA
    INTEGRATED FOREST MANAGEMENT,CARBON FORESTS
Gert-Jan NABUURS,
SeniorResearcher, Alterra, Wageningen,Netherlands
    ENERGY AND WOODFUEL
Ralph SIMS,
Director, Centrefor Energy Research, Massey University,New Zealand
    PRODUCT SUBSTITUTION andWOOD PRODUCTS
Gregg MARLAND

Staff scientist, Oak Ridge NationalLaboratory, USA
Robert MATTHEWS
Programme Leader, Forest Research,UK
1030-1100   Tea and Coffee
1100-1245 5 IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGEON FORESTS, WOODLANDS AND ASSOCIATEDSOILS: OPTIONS FOR ADAPTATION ANDTHE RISK TO MITIGATION MEASURES
Chair: Paul JARVIS,
ProfessorEmeritus, University of Edinburgh,UK
Rapporteur: Sune LINDER, Professor,Swedish University of AgriculturalSciences, Sweden
   

DIRECT EFFECTS OF ELEVATEDCO2 ON FOREST TREE PRODUCTIVITY
David KARNOSKY,
Professor,School of Forest resources andEnvironmental Science, USA
Gail TAYLOR, Professorof Plant Science, University ofSouthampton, UK
Co-authors: Mathew Tallis and JosephDarbah

    IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGEON FOREST SOIL CARBON
Markus REICHSTEIN,
SeniorScientist, Max-Planck Institute forBiogeochemistry, Jena, Germany
    CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTSON EXTENSIVELY MANAGED FOREST:A MODELLING APPROACH
Denis LOUSTAU,
Head of theResearch Unit on Functional Ecologyand Environmental Physics, INRA,France
   

FORESTRY IN EUROPE UNDERCHANGING CLIMATE AND LAND USE
Presented by Gert-Jan NABUURS
Authors: Jeanette Eggers,Marcus Lindner and Sergey Zudin

1245-1415   Lunch
1415-1600 6

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONALFRAMEWORKS: CURRENT AND FUTUREPOLICY
Chair: Ilpo TIKKANEN,
ProgrammeManager, European Forest Institute,Joensuu, Finland
Rapporteur: Mike DUDLEY, Headof International Policy, ForestryCommission

    NATIONAL MONITORING SYSTEMS,THE CURRENT INFORMATION AVAILABILITYWORLDWIDE, AND OPTIONS FOR NATIONALMONITORING
Peter HOLMGREN,
Chief, ForestResources Development Service, Foodand Agriculture Organisation, Rome
    CONSERVATION OF BIODIVERSITYIN FORESTS
Victor TEPLYAKOV,
InternationalUnion for the Conservation of Nature,Russia
    INTERNATIONAL FOREST POLICYAND DIFFERENTIATED OPTIONS FORCLIMATE CHANGE FOREST POLICY INDEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Sergio JAUREGUI,
ExternalConsultant, UNEP HQ, Nairobi, Kenya
    DEFORESTATION AND FORESTDEGRADATION: DRIVERS AND POLICYIMPLICATIONS FOR IMPROVING WELFAREAND REDUCING CARBON EMISSIONSGhazalBADIOZAMANI
Programme Officer, United NationsForum on Forests Secretariat, NewYork, USA
1600-1630   Tea and Coffee
1630-1830 8

POLICY DEVELOPMENT:PARALLEL WORKSHOP SESSIONS

1. RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES
Chair: Roger SWIFT,
ExecutiveDean, University of Queensland,Australia
Rapporteur: Wilma HARPER, HeadOf Corporate & Forestry Support,Forestry Commission, UK

2. GOVERNANCE/STAKEHOLDERS
Chair: Mike Dudley,
Headof International Policy, ForestryCommission, UK
Rapporteur: Marcus SANGSTER, Adviseron Land Use and Social Research,Forestry Commission, UK

3. FOREST SECTOR RESPONSES
Chair: Jean-Michel CARNUS,
Director,INRA, France
Rapporteur: Mark BROADMEADOW, Headof Environmental Change ResearchGroup, Forest Research, UK

4. COMMERCIAL PROJECTSAND RESEARCH INITIATIVES
Chair: Werner KURZ,
SeniorResearch Scientist, Natural ResourcesCanada
Rapporteur: Paul HANSON, DistinguishedResearch and Development StaffMember, Oak Ridge National Laboratory,USA

1930   Dinner with AFTER DINNERSPEAKER
Professor Sir Gordon CONWAY

Chief Scientific Adviser, DFID

Thursday 23rd November

0900-1030 9 IMPLICATIONS FOR FUTUREFORESTRY AND RELATED ENVIRONMENTALAND DEVELOPMENT POLICY
Chair: Justin MUNDY,
Adviserto FCO, UK
    FEEDBACK BY RAPPORTEURSFROM PARALLEL WORKSHOPS
Wilma HARPER
Marcus SANGSTER
Mark BROADMEADOW
Paul HANSON
    CONCLUSIONS AND THE WAYFORWARD
Tim ROLLINSON
1030-1100   Coffee and Tea
1100  

OPTIONAL FIELD TRIP
Wiston Estate: Woodlandmanagement and wood fuel supply.

Lunch

Chiddingfold: Semi-naturalwoodland restoration and climatechange

Alice Holt Research Forest:Intensive forest monitoring siteand CO2 flux station

1600   Conference ends

This conference is by invitation only