Climate change and the timber trade – understanding the opportunities and challenges

23 February 2011

What was the event?

A free one day seminar where experts from research, policy and industry will outlined the challenges and opportunities for forestry and timber businesses presented by climate change.

The purpose of the seminar was to promote sharing of knowledge and good practice to enable timber businesses to better plan for and adapt to climate change.


Presentations and discussion sessions were chaired by Mariska van der Linden, Policy and Programme Manager - Business & Markets, Forestry Commission England.

Presentation topics and speakers were:

Climate change, timber properties and the wood chain (PDF-5623K)
Audio (MP3-7727k)
Prof. Barry Gardiner, Programme Group Manager, Centre for Forest Resources and Management, Forest Research.
Climate change and the sustainable procurement of timber (PDF-1860K)
Audio (MP3-1861k)
Sofie Tind Nielsen, CPET co-ordinator, Proforest.
Climate change and phytosanitary regulations affecting the global and domestic timber trade (PDF-3079K)
Audio (MP3-3149k)
Ian Brownlee, Plant Health Services, Forestry Commission.
Climate change and opportunities for the marketing of timber - a renewable and carbon-capturing resource (PDF-620K)
Audio (MP3-3525k)
Julia Griffin, Social Responsibility Advisor - Timber & Fair trade, B&Q.
ROCs – what do energy markets mean for timber businesses? (PDF-1446K)
Audio (MP3-3422k)
Ian Tubby, Policy and Programme Manager – Woodfuel, Forestry Commission England.

Note that MP3 recordings are not synchronised with the presentations.

Who was the event suitable for?

Timber growers and processors and those involved in policy making, planning and management which affects the timber trade

Where did the event take place?

Cheviot Room
Natural England North East
The Quadrant
Kingfisher Boulevard
Newburn Riverside
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE15 8NZ


For further information, please contact Gesa Reiss on or Tel: 01488 685086.