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Falling Walls Circle Table: Forests – Dramatic impacts of climate change

Falling Walls Foundation | Andrew Curry, Jürgen Bauhus, Marcus Lindner, Andreas Huth

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Forests cover about one third of Europe’s land area and provide a wide range of ecosystem services such as clean drinking water and recreation. They host a large part of the biodiversity of terrestrial ecosystems, even if less than 2% is strictly protected and not used for forestry. The climate protection function of forests is of particular importance. Without the storage of carbon in biomass, soils and wood products and the substitution of fossil fuels by the use of wood, European carbon dioxide emissions would be ca. 12% higher.

The past years have shown very clearly that the advancing climate change is threatening our forests. Increasing climatic extreme events such as storms, droughts and heat waves with subsequent mass outbreaks of pests such as bark beetles and new diseases lead to the widespread loss of large forest stands. Climate change and its consequences thus directly threaten our livelihoods. Trees and many other forest-dwelling species obviously cannot adapt as quickly and strongly as the climate is changing.

Watch how a multidiscipinary panel discusses how forests can be adapted to climate change in a way that they can sustainably fulfill the many functions desired by society, exploring the question how and to what extent will our forests change in this century?

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Andrew Curry

Independent Journalist

An award-winning journalist with more than 15 years of experience reporting from five continents. I cover science, society, travel, history, politics, cycling and more. Has written for a wide variety of publications, from Architect and Bicycling to National Geographic, The New York Times, Rouleur, Science and Wired. A contributing editor at Archaeology.

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Sun | Nov 08, 2020 | 16.00 - 17.00 Europe/Berlin Time

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Jürgen Bauhus

University of Freiburg

Professor of Silviculture at the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources at Freiburg University, Germany, since 2003.

 

From 1996 to 2003 he worked at the Australian National University. His research on dynamics and management of structure and composition of forests, carbon and nutrient cycles, ecological interactions in mixed-species forests, as well as the adaptation of forests to global change. He published several books and more than 150 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board on Forest Policy at the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. For his scientific accomplishments he received in 2014 the IUFRO scientific achievement award.

Marcus Lindner

European Forest Institute

Dr. Marcus Lindner is Principal Scientist in the Resilience Programme at the European Forest Institute. He has over 25 years of experience in research on climate change impacts and the development of response strategies in forest management, forest sector sustainability assessment and biomass resource assessments from European forests. Dr. Lindner has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, many of them highly cited (H- Index Scopus: 35). He recently coordinated the Forest Europe Expert Group on Adaptation to Climate Change, led the European Innovation Partnership Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-Agri) Focus Group 24 on Forest Practices and Climate Change and is a current member of the Scientific Advisory Board on Forest Policy of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. Dr. Lindner has extensive experience of working at the science-policy-practice interface and was involved in several policy support studies for the European Commission, most recently in the Evaluation study of the forestry measures under Rural Development and the Evaluation of the Forestry Strategy.

Andreas Huth

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

Prof. A. Huth is working on forests, climate change and ecological modelling for more than 25 years. He is Professor at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research –UFZ Leipzig and leading a research group there. He is also Prof. at University of Osnabrueck and member of the “German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research – idiv”. His research group have developed several dynamic models for vegetation (e.g. forest model FORMIND) which have been applied in many regions of the world (tropical and temperate forests). He analyzed fragmentation and disturbed forest in the tropics. A. Huth studied Physics and Ecology in Berlin and Marburg.

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