We commissioned this independent assessment to examine the potential of the UK's trees and woodlands to mitigate and adapt to our changing climate.
The report 'Combating Climate Change - a role for UK forests' was published in November 2009. It forms part of the response to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 4th Assessment Report published in 2007.
The assessment aims to provide a better understanding of how UK forestry can adapt to and improve its contribution to mitigation of climate change. The study is considered to be the first national assessment of its kind in the world and is already attracting interest from other countries keen to form their own climate change plans and policies.
The synthesis is free and can be ordered or downloaded from the TSO website.
- Introduction to the report - Professor Sir David Read (mp3 | 15MB)
- Government's response - Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (mp3 | 8MB)
- Forestry Commission's view - Tim Rollinson, Director General (mp3 | 3.5MB)
All podcasts were recorded at the assessment report launch in London, November 2009.