From Science to Policy 2

Gert-Jan Nabuurs, Philippe Delacote, David Ellison, Marc Hanewinkel, Marcus Lindner, Martin Nesbit, Markku Ollikainen, Annalisa Savaresi

European forests and the forest-based sector are already contributing significantly to climate change mitigation and substitution, amounting to some 13% of EU emissions. They have the potential to contribute more – even up to an additional 9% – through Climate Smart Forestry. This is an approach which mainstreams climate mitigation by using forests and the forest sector, and related policies and measures in a way which makes use of the different regional characteristics and circumstances of the EU Member States.

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Recommended citation:

Gert-Jan Nabuurs, Philippe Delacote, David Ellison, Marc Hanewinkel, Marcus Lindner, Martin Nesbit, Markku Ollikainen and Annalisa Savaresi. 2015. A new role for forests and the forest sector in the EU post-2020 climate targets. From Science to Policy 2. European Forest Institute.

Number of pages: 32
ISBN 978-952-5980-20-2 (print)
ISBN 978-952-5980-21-9 (online)


Download the ThinkForest brief, which highlights and summarizes the policy recommendations.

Also available in French: Un nouveau rôle pour les forêts et le secteur forestier dans les objectifs climatiques de l’Union européenne après 2020

Watch our two minute video of Professor Gert-Jan Nabuurs explaining the background to the study, and the opportunities for Climate Smart Forestry:



Gert-Jan Nabuurs is senior researcher European forests at Alterra, Wageningen UR and Special Professor European forests at Wageningen University, the Netherlands.

Philippe Delacote is a senior researcher at the Laboratory of Forest Economics (INRA, France) and at the Climate Economics Chair.

Marc Hanewinkel is Professor of Forest Economics and Forest Management in the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Freiburg, Germany.

David Ellison is a climate policy expert at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå, Sweden.

Marcus Lindner is Head of the Sustainability and Climate Change Programme at the European Forest Institute.

Martin Nesbit is a Senior Fellow and Head of the Environment and Climate Governance Programme at the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), UK.

Markku Ollikainen is Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics in the Department of Economics and Management, University of Helsinki, Finland.

Annalisa Savaresi is a Research and Teaching Fellow in Global Environmental Law at Edinburgh Law School, University of Edinburgh, UK.