Improved Forest Management (IFM)
Increasing and maintaining forests is an essential solution to climate change. What can we do?
The mission of IFM involves the sustainable management of forests and restoration of more of the forest landscapes which we have lost. Halting the degradation of forests and promoting their restoration have the potential to contribute over one-third of the total climate change mitigation scientists say is required by 2030.
By definition, IFM is any non-conventional forest management activity which results in increased carbon stocks within forests and/or reduced greenhouse gas emissions from forests, when compared to traditional forestry practices. IFM is a natural climate solution that is proven to store and reduce carbon emissions within the world’s forests.
IFM addresses climate change by:
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions, such as carbon dioxide (CO2), related to conventional forestry techniques
Capturing and storing additional carbon dioxide from the atmosphere
Through IFM, natural forests can store more carbon while maintaining wood production over the long term. IFM has the potential to reduce close to a gigatonne (882 million tons) a year in cost-effective emissions reductions, equivalent to taking 189 million cars off the road.