Many people rely on boreal forests for subsistence, cultural practices, biodiversity, and economic development and the boreal biome contributes significantly to global climate stability. As the climate is changing, disturbance regimes, such as wildfires, in the boreal biome are increasing, which impacts the ecosystem’s ability to regenerate. As a result, many boreal ecosystems are shifting to new ecological states, with profound socio-ecological and economic consequences.

It is vital to recognize that landscapes in which fires occur are dynamic and evolving due to the ever-changing drivers of wildfire risk – land use, combustible material, ignition sources and climate change. Thus, integrated and holistic wildfire management programmes are needed that include knowledge about the behaviour of the drivers of fire risk across different landscapes and regions.

This side event is part of the International Boreal Forest Research Association (IBFRA) Conference “A changing boreal biome”, which will take place 20 August 2021. The session will bring together the representatives of the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Boreal Forests, including scientists and policymakers from seven boreal countries. This Team of Specialists is a unique intergovernmental entity that, through peer-to-peer learning and exchange, aims to address pressing challenges facing the boreal forests today and advance its contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

20 August 2021
2:40 pm

Online Geneva

Link to the conference