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Wildfire and Carbon: Increasing the resilience of BC’s forests to climate change

Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
January 27, 2020
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

Researchers from Canada and the United States want to de-escalate the devastating forest wildfires that are increasingly occurring due to climate change, while strengthening development of a forest-based bioeconomy in British Columbia (BC), boosting carbon uptake and reducing emissions. These goals are part of a $1 million, four-year Theme Partnership project called “Wildfire and Carbon” announced today by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), which is hosted and led by the University of Victoria. The project team includes scientists from the Canadian Forest Service, the University of British Columbia (UBC), and the USDA Forest Service. Judi Beck, director general of Natural Resources Canada’s Pacific Forestry Centre, explains that managing forests to achieve emissions reductions involves many complex trade-offs. For example, wildfire risk reduction activities—such as controlled burning to reduce fuel loading and create fire breaks—release greenhouse gases and smoke which contribute to climate change and affect human health.

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