Forestry Statistics 2008 - Environment

Climate change and carbon

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The Forestry Commission has conducted similar biennial surveys of public attitudes to forestry and forestry-related issues since 1995.  The most recent set of four separate surveys was conducted in 2007; in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and across the UK as a whole. The full results are available within the 2007 Public Opinion of Forestry reports available on our website.

In the 2007 UK survey, a new series of questions asked about forests and climate change.  The first new question found that 90% of respondents believed that climate change would have an impact on the UK, while only 2% believed there would be no impact at all.

Further questions were asked, including on the ways in which forests and woodlands can impact on climate change.  Some of the public views presented below do not reflect expert opinion.

Figure 4.2  Public opinion on ways in which forests and woodlands can impact on climate change

Fig4.2 Public opinion on ways in which forests and woodlands can impact on climate change

Not National Statistics.

Source:  UK Public Opinion of Forestry Survey 2007.

Base:  4,000 UK respondents.

Questions were also posed on how UK forests should be managed in response to the threat of climate change - see the survey reports for further details. 

Public views on forests and climate change were also given by other parts of the 2007 survey:

  • when asked about a series of UK forestry topics seen in the media, the most common response, given by 35% of respondents, was ‘Forests and woodlands helping to tackle climate change’ ;
  • 61% of respondents said that ‘to help tackle climate change’ is a good reason to support forestry with public money.

Links to Forestry Statistics 2008

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