Climate smart forestry

Probos promotes the concept of ‘Climate Smart Forestry’. CSF is a way to use forests for climate mitigation (capturing CO2) and prepare them for climate adaptation (resilience against climate change).

Climate mitigation and climate adaptation

Forests capture CO2 in the living biomass and soil. In addition, carbon is stored in harvested forest products. Therefore, forests can play a substantial role in mitigating climate change. At the same time, forests need to adapt to the effects of climate change. Only if they are resilient enough to cope with changing conditions like drier summers, increased risks of forest fires, storms, pests and diseases caused by climate change, they can continue to be a substantial CO2-sink.

Aspects of Climate Smart Forestry

Climate Smart Forestry aims at:

  • optimizing tree growth and forest growing stock
  • limiting the negative effects of diseases, pests, storms and forest fires
  • producing high-end forest products which act as carbon sink
  • preserving (soil) carbon
  • preserving forest cover
  • preventing drought stress

New forests

Climate Smart Forestry is not just about optimising the management of existing forests. CSF also encourages the creation of new forests as means of climate mitigation by:

  • afforestation
  • agroforestry
  • planting trees and small woodlands

Probos on Climate Smart Forestry

At Probos we develop practical tools and provide knowledge on Climate Smart Forestry. We also offer insight in the costs and benefits of CSF for forest managers and policy makers. Some examples of our CSF activities:

  • we work on an online toolbox for Climate Smart Forestry
  • we carry out a pilot project to promote agroforestry on free range chicken farms
  • we develop climate smart regeneration options for forest stands affected by ash dieback