Taking forestry issues into account in the fight against climate change: lessons from French Forest Sector Modeling
by : Sylvain Caurla and Philippe Delacote
Within the framework of policies aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, France now relies largely on energy substitution. This results in the implementation of projects involving fuelwood or heat production from biomass. On the other hand, due to the very partial consideration of in-situ sequestration in the international climate policies ensuing from the Kyoto treaty, State action hitherto has not relied on measures favouring forest carbon sequestration. Some researchers from the Nancy Laboratory of Forest Economics developed the French Forest Sector Model (FFSM), a bio-economic model of the French forest-wood sector, used for simulations of climate policies and impact analysis.