NEW: Long-term Impact Assessment of Our Work on Forest Carbon
Learn more about the impact of our international efforts to address climate change through forest carbon modelling by reading our Long-term Impact Assessment of the CEC’s Work on Forest Carbon (2013–2017).
Beginning in 2013, the CEC worked with North American experts to better understand the role of our forests in capturing greenhouse gas emissions and removing them from the atmosphere. In 2020, we conducted a long-term impact assessment of these efforts. The results demonstrated the importance of international scientific collaboration and in understanding the role forests play in mitigating climate change.
For example, this work produced knowledge about forest ecosystems, disturbances, and potential mitigation options that can be used to improve forest management practices to both reduce emissions and increase carbon sinks. Through collaboration, experts from Canada, Mexico and the United States agreed that they had advanced scientific knowledge beyond what they could have achieved as individual countries.
Looking ahead, Canada, Mexico, and the United States have identified the conservation and sustainable management of forests, including addressing deforestation and forest degradation, as an area of cooperation under the 2020 Environmental Cooperation Agreement and the CEC’s 2021-2025 Strategic Plan, thus allowing for continued North American collaboration in this area.