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New evidence to inform woodland creation for climate change mitigation

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This project was commissioned to estimate and compare the potential for carbon sequestration and GHG emissions mitigation that could be realised by creating different types of woodlands.

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The analysis assesses the influence of different tree species, site and management factors, including the eventual use of harvested wood, on the potential carbon sequestration and GHG emissions, at the scale of an individual forest stand (i.e. in terms of quantities of carbon per hectare), and for notional woodland creation programmes of 1 hectare per year for 1 year and over 10 and 25 years.

Research objectives

The purpose of this research was to assess the influence of different factors on the potential for carbon sequestration and GHG emissions mitigation that could be realized by creating different types of woodland.

Factors considered included:

  • Tree species
  • Site characteristics
  • Woodland management
  • Use of harvested wood products

Findings and Recommendations

A Summary report giving the key findings and recommendations of this project has been written and is in the final stages of preparation for publication. It will be made available on this web page as soon as it is completed.

A full report, giving full details of the project and its findings, is also in preparation and will be made available on this page as soon as it is completed.