Climatic Change

, Volume 28, Issue 1–2, pp 91–110 | Cite as

Integrating climatic change and forests: Economic and ecologic assessments

  • Clark S. Binkley
  • G. Cornelis Van Kooten
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Abstract

Effective policies for dealing with anticipated climatic changes must reflect the two-way interactions between climate, forests and society. Considerable analysis has focused on one aspect of forests - timber production - at a local and regional scale, but no fully integrated global studies have been conducted. The appropriate ecological and economic models appear to be available to do so. Nontimber aspects of forests dominate the social values provided by many forests, especially remote or unmanaged lands where the impacts of climatic change are apt to be most significant. Policy questions related to these issues and lands are much less well understood. Policy options related to afforestation are well studied, but other ways the forest sector can help ameliorate climatic change merit more extensive analysis. Promising possibilities include carbon taxes to influence the management of extant forests, and materials policies to lengthen the life of wood products or to encourage the substitution of CO2-fixing wood products for ones manufactured from less benign materials.

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  • Clark S. Binkley
    • 1
  • G. Cornelis Van Kooten
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of ForestryUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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