European Forest Conference Addresses Climate and Energy Challenges

Michel Barnier, French Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries

8 November 2008: The International Conference “The European

Forest-Based Sector: Bio-Responses to Address New Climate and Energy

Challenges?” took place from 6-8 November 2008, in Nancy, France. The

Conference aimed to provide policy makers with information regarding the role

of the forest-based sector in relation to the physical processes of the carbon

cycle, the competition between wood and other materials, and the energy market.

Held under the auspices of the French Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries,

with the support of the European Commission, and organized by Ecofor, France,

the conference addressed three themes: forests as carbon sinks; wood-based

products: carbon storage and energy conservation; and the forest-based sector

as a source of renewable energy.

Participants discussed the latest scientific

developments and options for policy development on the role of the forest-based

sector in light of climate change and the energy crisis. [IISDRS Coverage of the Conference]

[Conference Website]