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Climate Change and Forestry: What Policy for Canada?

Brad Stennes, Emina Krcmar-Nozic and Gerrit van Kooten

Canadian Public Policy, 1998, vol. 24, issue s2, 95-104

Abstract: On the basis of projected global climate change, Canada is expected to experience large land-use impacts. As indicated in this paper, forestry and agriculture are likely to be net gainers from climate change, with Canada as a whole possibly gaining from global warming. Adaptation to climate change will require shifting land out of forestry and into agricultural activities. Nonetheless, cost-effective mitigation strategies will likely involve the opposite - planting trees on agricultural land. The quandary for decision makers is whether to pursue mitigation strategies that could be to the detriment of future adaptation.

Date: 1998
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