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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2022

More future synergies and less trade-offs between forest ecosystem services with natural climate solutions instead of bioeconomy solutions

Mazziotta, Adriano; Lundstrom, Johanna; Forsell, Nicklas; Moor, Helen; Eggers, Jeannette; Subramanian, Narayanan; Aquilue, Nuria; Moran-Ordonez, Alejandra; Brotons, Lluis; Snall, Tord;

Abstract

To reach the Paris Agreement, societies need to increase the global terrestrial carbon sink. There are many climate change mitigation solutions (CCMS) for forests, including increasing bioenergy, bioeconomy, and protection. Bioenergy and bioeconomy solutions use climate-smart, intensive management to generate high quantities of bioenergy and bioproducts. Protection of (semi-)natural forests is a major component of "natural climate solution" (NCS) since forests store carbon in standing biomass and soil. Furthermore, protected forests provide more habitat for biodiversity and non-wood ecosystem services (ES). We investigated the impacts of different CCMS and climate scenarios, jointly or in isolation, on future wood ES, non-wood ES, and regulating ES for a major wood provider for the international market. Specifically, we projected future ES given by three CCMS scenarios for Sweden 2020-2100. In the long term, fulfilling the increasing wood demand through bioenergy and bioeconomy solutions will decrease ES multifunctionality, but the increased stand age and wood stocks induced by rising greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations will partially offset these negative effects. Adopting bioenergy and bioeconomy solutions will have a greater negative impact on ES supply than adopting NCS. Bioenergy or bioeconomy solutions, as well as increasing GHG emissions, will reduce synergies and increase trade-offs in ES. NCS, by contrast, increases the supply of multiple ES in synergy, even transforming current ES trade-offs into future synergies. Moreover, NCS can be considered an adaptation measure to offset negative climate change effects on the future supplies of non-wood ES. In boreal countries around the world, forestry strategies that integrate NCS more deeply are crucial to ensure a synergistic supply of multiple ES.

Keywords

bioeconomy; bioenergy; boreal forest; climate change; ecosystem services; EU biodiversity strategy; EU forest strategy; GLOBIOM; natural climate solutions

Published in

Global Change Biology

2022, volume: 28, number: 21, pages: 6333-6348
Publisher: WILEY

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Swedish Species Information Centre
Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE)
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Resource Management
Forsell, Nicklas
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Moor, Helen
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Swedish Species Information Centre
Moor, Helen
Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL)
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Resource Management
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre
Aquilue, Nuria
University of Quebec
Moran-Ordonez, Alejandra
Centro de Investigacion Ecologica y Aplicaciones Forestales (CREAF)
Brotons, Lluis
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC)
Brotons, Lluis
Centro de Investigacion Ecologica y Aplicaciones Forestales (CREAF)
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Swedish Species Information Centre

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG13 Climate action

UKÄ Subject classification

Ecology

Publication Identifiers

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.16364

URI (permanent link to this page)

https://res.slu.se/id/publ/118725