Forest and Watershed Management

Forest and watershed management that is sensitive to climate change can on the one hand contribute to climate protection by sequestration of CO2 in forests. On the other hand, it helps securing energy supply via biomass energy and reduced direct impacts of extreme weather events on the energy grid by, e.g., fallen trees or flooding.

Management actions encompass the identification of critical locations and necessary measures to enhance the adaptation potential in forests including advice services and incentives. E.g., it is necessary to tackle problems associated with monocultures, lack of mixed age structures or inadequate species.

In addition, in forested watersheds the managing of forest resources has impacts on hydrological and geomorphological processes during weather extrems. Management of forested watersheds supports the control of the amount and timing of water yield, stormflow, water quality, and sedimentation through the examination of water and sediment budgets, riparian systems, and hillslope/watershed hydrological processes.

This measure is closely linked to the measure Forest Management in the AMICA Adaptation Tool.