Trees for the Future – Diversity and complexity for resilience and carbon storage
November 3 - November 4
As a key part of actions to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, the UK Government set a target of up to 19% woodland cover. Key decisions therefore are required concerning how and where we expand tree cover. Modern forestry has generally been based on even-aged monocultures largely because of timber production. However, future forests will play a key role in climate change mitigation. It is therefore crucial that appropriate informed decisions are made with regard to the structure, composition and planning of future forests, in order to provide sustainable solutions that provide environmental, economic, and health benefits to society. Genetically diverse, mixed, and irregular forests with their higher biodiversity and niche complementarity, are promising new forest configurations for regulating the water cycle, storing carbon, and delivering other goods and services.
This conference is a collaboration between AAB and the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR) and a main objective is to explore state-of-the-art scientific evidence showing that higher tree species diversity enables higher productivity and stability, with a lower susceptibility to biotic and abiotic stress, together with a portfolio of ecosystem services, as well as economic and management benefits. Invited speakers will address these broad issues from the perspective of science/industry/economics/politics interfaces.
A key aim is to produce a policy document that will inform UK government strategy. In addition, we will produce other outputs such as a Special Issue of the Food and Energy Security journal. Submissions for this special issue remains open until March 1st 2022.
Poster abstract submission and registration available: £5-£175
Please note, due to Coronavirus outbreak, many of the conferences are either postponed or cancelled.
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