Managing our Forests: Carbon, Climate and Fire (20 April 2011, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.)

Managing our Forests: Carbon, Climate and Fire
20 April 2011
Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

With a quadrupling of pre-industrial atmospheric CO2 concentrations likely by 2100 under business as usual scenarios, the urgency for both enhancing forest carbon sequestration and for sustainably managing our forests while adapting to climate change is clear. But what approaches should we take? What do Earth history and current science offer as guidance for managing the forest component of our planet in the 21st Century?

Dr. Sommers will brief summarize historical and current conditions of global forests relating to carbon, climate, and fire. Dr. Brown will then describe the science for estimating the carbon dynamics of tropical forest degradation that can be used as the basis for developing baseline and monitoring methodologies for forest-carbon projects. She will provide a first person expert viewpoint on how forest carbon issues have been addressed via REDD+ in international negotiations. Dr. Cleaves will then address how these challenges are being addressed at the US Federal level by an agency with lead responsibility for all of our Nations forests, and a major role in science, technical assistance, international support, and fire management. He will provide insights on adaptation approaches to climate change, the role of risk management, and the budgetary and other impacts of increasing fire activity.

This session is part of the “Managing the Planet” dialogues — developed jointly by George Mason University and the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program and Brazil Institute.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 6th Floor, Flom Auditorium, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington DC. A map to the Center is available at Note: Please allow additional time to pass through security.

George Mason University, Wilson Center Environmental Change and Security Program, Brazil Institute.

Live at starting at 15:10h

Sandra Brown, Director and Chief Scientist, Ecosystem Services Unit, Winrock International
David Cleaves, Climate Change Advisor to the Chief, USDA Forest Service
William Sommers, Research Professor, Center for Climate and Society, George Mason University

Thomas Lovejoy, University Professor, Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University, and Biodiversity Chair, Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment

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