Trouble below the canopy: the climate costs of unseen forest degradation

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Hear about and discuss the implications of recently revealed blind spots in the way we measure and manage forests and carbon.

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When it comes to storing carbon, the condition and health of a forest may be just as important as its size in hectares. But many of the ways that forests can be damaged by humans are difficult to observe and easy to overlook.

Hear first-hand from the authors of two innovative science reports that highlight blind spots in the way we measure and manage forests and what we need to do about it. Both reports present new evidence and priorities for action under the UN climate change and biodiversity conventions, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals.

Brief presentations will be followed by group discussions with the authors.

  • University of Queensland and WCS looked at the way damage accumulates in forests that lose their status as ‘intact forest landscapes’. The results suggest that deforestation, the threat we often focus on, is only a sixth of the overall carbon story in these special places, and that most of the damage occurs in less obvious, more gradual ways.
  • WWF, ZSL and UNEP-WCMC conducted a first of its kind appraisal of global forest wildlife populations, showing an alarming decline and exploring the reasons behind it. Twinned research highlights why this matters for climate change through ground-breaking global analysis on the role of wildlife in forest regeneration and carbon storage. We present a new global indicator on forest biodiversity, that could help fill a gap in global policy frameworks.

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