Planting trees seems like sensible choice when it comes to mitigating climate change, but crucial aspects of the relationships between trees and climate have so far been overlooked in climate research, the new review Trees, forests and water: cool insights for a hot world concludes. The authors suggest that the global conversation on trees, forests and climate needs to be turned on its head: the direct effects of trees on the climate via rainfall and cooling may be more important than the well-studied effects through the global carbon balance. Yet, current climate policy tends to focus on carbon.
Therefore, on the occasion of the International Day of Forests (21 March) and World Water Day (22 March), the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) is hosting a virtual symposium on the linkages of forests, water and climate.
21 March: 8am GMT – 11am GMT* Presentations and initial questions
22 March: 8am GMT – 11am GMT Discussion Forum (e.g. on policy implications)
* Places where physical meetings are planned to which you are invited.
Indonesia: 15:00-18:00 (WIB); Kenya: 11:00-14:00; W Europe: 9:00-12:00; UK: 8:00-11:00;
Americas: late night or very early morning depending on your timezone.
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