Forest Carbon Management

Potential Contribution of British Columbia's Forest Sector to Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions

The Forest Carbon Management project aims to develop recommendations for regionally specific climate change mitigation activities throughout the province of BC while maximizing the environmental, economic and social benefits. The project explores forest adaptation and mitigation strategies, including a policy gap analysis and management practices around afforestation, forest conservation and the use of harvested wood products as an alternative to emissions-intensive materials and fossil fuels, as a means to reduce GHG emissions province-wide.

The project’s three research themes are focused on:

  • Mitigation options
  • Ecosystem risks
  • Policy analysis and stakeholder engagement

Research findings to this date show BC forest management practice can offer a wide range of mitigation potential, with the greatest potential achieved through improving forest harvest utilization, focusing commodities to longer-lived wood products, and using harvest waste as bioenergy.

This is one of five major interdisciplinary research projects funded by The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS). The project is led by principal investigator, Werner Kurz, a senior research scientist with Natural Resource Canada in partnership with key researchers, including Professor George Hoberg from the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs at UBC.