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Introduction to meeting and IUFRO Taskforce Chair of Forests, Soil and Water Interactions

Harper, R.ORCID: 0000-0003-0268-2917 (2015) Introduction to meeting and IUFRO Taskforce Chair of Forests, Soil and Water Interactions. In: International Workshop on the Effects of Forest Carbon Mitigation on Soil and Water. Joint meeting with IUFRO, 18 - 19 October 2015, Guangzhou, China.


There is widespread interest in the use of forests to manage carbon as a climate change response strategy. Approaches include avoiding deforestation and protecting existing forests, establishing new forests (afforestation, reforestation), managing existing planted and natural forests (forest management), and substituting fossil fuels through either wood products or bioenergy production. Carbon markets and payment systems are developing or being implemented in various parts of the world.

The scale of activity that may result from carbon markets and other environmental policies may be large, and this may result in extensive changes in land-use. These changes in land-use may in turn have either positive or negative effects on soils and water. On the positive side, forest carbon mitigation may allow substantial progress to be made for various United Nations treaties such as the Convention for Biodiversity and the UN Convention for Desertification and the Millennium Development Goals, by providing finance on a hitherto unseen scale. On the negative side, carbon mitigation may compete with food production and water supplies.

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