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Forest adaptation to climate change

Even if emissions are stabilised relatively soon, climate change and its effects will last many years, and adaptation will be necessary. The need for an Adaptation Clearinghouse was identified in the Commission’s 2009 White Paper “Adapting to climate change: Towards a European framework for action”. In order to try to assess these needs, the European Climate Adaptation Platform (CLIMATE-ADAPT) was set up in 2012. The JRC supports the development of the Adaptation Clearinghouse by providing data and content to the European Forest Data Centre and European Database of Vulnerabilities to Natural Hazards, which includes information on forest fires.

In order to support forest adaptation to climate change, the JRC maps forest species, forest type distribution and habitat suitability under current and future climate change scenarios. The JRC uses interpolation methods and suitability distribution models to produce these maps, allowing EU Member States to identify the areas that are optimal or unsuitable for a particular tree species and to adapt their future forest management plans accordingly.

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Forest and Climate Change