The Forest Carbon Management Project: The Potential Contribution of British Columbia’s Forest Sector to Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions

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Forestry is an important employer in British Columbia. In addition to ecological impacts on forests, climate change in BC will have impacts on the social and economic activities around the forestry sector. In addition to exploring how BC’s 55 million hectares of forests will be impacted by climate change, this project will focus on approaches that can contribute to reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

This project will design, evaluate and recommend potential climate change mitigation strategies comprised of activities aimed at reducing GHG emissions and increasing sinks through forest management, afforestation, forest conservation and through the use of harvested wood products that can both store carbon and displace emissions-intensive materials such as concrete and steel, and displace fossil fuels used in heating and transportation. The project will evaluate impacts on GHG balances, the associated costs of mitigation activities, as well as other socio-economic indicators. The project will involve stakeholders in government, industry, ENGOs, First Nations, and the public. The project team will include experts from universities and federal and provincial governments. The project has three research themes: mitigation options, ecosystem risks and policy and finance.

Project lead: Dr. Werner Kurz, Senior Research Scientist, Natural Resources Canada

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Theme 1: Mitigation options

Theme 2: Ecosystem Risks

Theme 3: Policy Analysis and Stakeholder Engagement

Events: 

Managing BC’s forest sector to mitigate climate change: future options for emissions reductions - Watch the event recording

Climate change mitigation strategies in the forest sector - Watch the event recording (note: recording requires free download of Adobe Connect)

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