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National Forest in Wales - Evidence Review Report

Beauchamp, K, Jenkins, T, Alison, J, Bathgate, S, Bell, C, Braban, C, Broome, A, Bursnell, M, Burton, V, Dickie, I, Doick, K, Evans, C. D., Fitch, A, Griffiths, R, Hall, C, Healey, J, Jones, L, Keith, A, Kerr, G, Kuyer, J, Maskell, L, Matthews, R, Morison, J, Nicoll, B, Nisbet, T, O'Brien, L, Old, G, Pagella, T, Perks, M, Robinson, D, Saraev, V, Smart, S, Smith, A, Siriwardena, G, SWETNAM, Ruth, Thomas, A, Tye, A, Valatin, G, Warren-Thomas, E, Wong, J and Emmett, B (2020) National Forest in Wales - Evidence Review Report. Research report for external body. Welsh Government, Cardiff.

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This review was commissioned by Welsh Government (WG) from the Environment and Rural Affairs Monitoring and Modelling Programme (ERAMMP) to provide key evidence of potential benefits and disbenefits of woodland creation, woodland expansion and managing undermanaged woodland, to provide an evidence base to inform the development of a National Forest for Wales.
During the commissioning process, WG emphasised that the evidence provided must reflect the collective views of the community by reviewing the literature in an objective way highlighting where evidence is contradictory or weak. Within the time available, evidence of causality of impacts, the likely timescales and magnitude of these impacts should be also be presented, for both positive and negative impacts of woodland expansion and management of undermanaged woodlands. This Evidence Pack should also build on the evidence put forward in the ERAMMP Sustainable Farm Scheme (SFS) (https://erammp.wales/en/resources) which included a range of assessments of the value of intervention measures which promoted trees within a landscape setting for a range of environmental, economic and social outcomes. The required rapid production of the review in four months meant an expert approach of key evidence was expected rather than a systematic review.
Key topics to cover were selected, in partnership with WG, focussing on issues that could fundamentally change decision-making going forward. The final agreed list was arranged under a series of high-level subject headings, and the individual reviews published as ERAMMP Reports 33 to 38 and include; Biodiversity; Managing Undermanaged Woodland; Future-proofing our Woodland; Climate Change Mitigation; Ecosystem Services, and Economics and Natural Capital Accounting. An Integrated Assessment was also commissioned to provide a synthesis of cross-cutting themes and dependencies between topics. These ERAMMP reports are all provided as Annexes to this report.

Item Type: Monograph or Report (Research report for external body)
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Ruth SWETNAM
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2020 13:27
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2020 13:27
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/6532

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