Canadian Forest Service Publications

Adapting sustainable forest management to climate change: preparing for the future. 2012. Edwards, J.E.; Hirsch, K.G. Canadian Council of Forest Ministers, Ottawa, Ontario. 18 p.

Year: 2012

Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 34555

Language: English

Availability: Order paper copy (free), PDF (download)

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Climate change is an unprecedented issue in modern times, posing a number of challenges to sustainable forest management (SFM) in Canada. These challenges include how best to plan and adapt for an uncertain future. The Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM) has recognized the need to minimize the risks and maximize the opportunities that climate change presents for Canada’s forests and forest sector and has therefore initiated collaborative, interjurisdictional work on adaptation in forestry. This report briefly characterizes the issue of climate change as it relates to SFM in Canada and outlines the importance and benefits of adaptation for Canada’s forest sector. Additionally, it presents the CCFM approach for adapting SFM to a changing climate and summarizes a suite of tools and products that the CCFM has developed to enhance the capacity of the Canadian forest sector to adapt to climatic changes.

Plain Language Summary

This report summarizes the results of a joint project under the direction of the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM) to identify options for adaptation to climate change for Canadian forestry. CCFM’s Climate Change Task Force presents tools, approaches, and information to help members of the forest sector adapt to climate change. This report is the first in a series on this topic; it provides foundational concepts and background on sustainable forest management and the need for adaptation to climate change. Adaptation is not an “add-on” to sustainable forest management but rather must be embedded within all aspects of management, including policies and practices. The aim of the joint project series is to help forestry practitioners incorporate adaptation into their sustainable forest management activities.

Also available under the title:
Adapter l’aménagement forestier durable aux changements climatiques : préparer l’avenir. (French)