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Adaptation to Climate Change

Climate change is significantly affecting forests through changes in their physiology, structure, species composition and health, largely due to changes in temperature and rainfall. Increased temperatures and drought result in more frequent outbreaks of pest infestations, more forest fires and increasing alterations in populations of plant and animal species. Forests may also experience more frequent severe storms. This is severely affecting forest health and productivity, thus threatening all forest functions.

To preserve health and productivity of forests and ensure their functions are delivered, it is crucial that they can adapt to climate change impacts. Adaptation to climate change is a precondition for forests to continue to play their role in mitigating climate change. The challenges of adaptation will require, among other things, that strong forest policies and management practices that seek to maintain forest health and productivity be put in place.

 

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Publications of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO): 

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  • Climate change terms and definitions

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