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Climate change and woodlands in Wales - 2008 conference

We held a conference in 2008 to highlight the role of woodlands in helping to tackle climate change. The key messages are just as relevant today – perhaps even more so

Wood fuel supply chain

On 18th June 2008 a one-day conference in Cardiff Bay brought together 100 senior policy-makers, opinion formers and climate change experts from government, NGOs and the private sector. The conference aimed to take a closer look at some of the issues, the challenges and the opportunities surrounding Climate Change in Wales and beyond.

Key conference speakers

Jon Owen Jones, Chairman of the Forestry Commission Wales National Committee, opened the conference and introduced Elin Jones AM, Minister for Rural Affairs, who gave the keynote speech. Tim Rollinson, Director General of the Forestry Commission, followed the Minister and outlined the international perspective and action at a British level.

Six of the UK's leading experts then gave presentations on forestry and climate change throughout the remainder of the conference.

An interactive conference

An interactive approach was taken during the conference. Betsan Powys, BBC Wales Political Correspondent, acted as master of ceremonies and engaged delegates in electronic voting on key questions that arose during the day. Results of the votes were immediately projected on the screen and speakers were invited to comment both individually and during an end of conference plenary session.

Find out more

You can access the material available on the day and the conference summary from the documents and links. Want to find out more? Use the links to explore more about climate change, and the work of Natural Resources Wales.

You can contact the UK Management Team by sending your enquiry to Further details of advisors and country contacts are given on the Forestry Commission website.

The Wales policy contact is via the Welsh Government Forest Policy Team

If you would like to contact the Sustainable Forest Management Team in Natural Resources Wales you can send your enquiry to

Related document downloads

Chris Pollock's presentation Coping with the 21st century; the role of woodlands. PPT [1.6 MB]
Conference programme Forests and climate change: A convenient truth? PDF [130.0 KB]
Conference summary Forests and climate change A convenient truth? PDF [232.5 KB]
Robin Cotton's presentation Biomass Heating in the UK PDF [3.2 MB]
Tim Rollinson's presentation Sustainable Forest Management: An International Perspective PPT [617.0 KB]

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