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Increasing resistance and resilience of forests, a case study of Great Britain

Andrew Leslie (1)   , Edward Wilson (2), Andrew Park (3)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 17, Issue 2, Pages 69-79 (2024)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor4552-017
Published: Mar 21, 2024 - Copyright © 2024 SISEF

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The forests of Great Britain (GB) are an important resource, which are under threat from climate change and exotic pests and diseases. The forest sector has been proactive in launching initiatives and supporting activities to improve the resistance and resilience of forests in GB. These interventions can be directed at forests at a range of scales, from genetic to national. This article describes the range of potential and actual actions focused on adapting Britain’s forests to climate change and damage from pests and diseases. However, there are also barriers to improving the resilience of forests in GB and these are also discussed.


Forests, Great Britain, Resistance, Resilience, Climate Change, Pests and Pathogens

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Andrew Leslie 0000-0001-6327-1711
Formerly National School of Forestry, University of Cumbria, Ambleside, UK, currently at Forest Research, Northern Research Station, Edinburgh, EH25 9SY (UK)
Edward Wilson 0000-0003-2711-0640
UCD Centre for Forest Research, School of Agriculture and Food Science, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4 (Ireland)
Andrew Park
Department of Biology, Centre for Forest Interdisciplinary Research (C-FIR) University of Winnipeg, Manitoba, (Canada)

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Leslie A, Wilson E, Park A (2024). Increasing resistance and resilience of forests, a case study of Great Britain. iForest 17: 69-79. - doi: 10.3832/ifor4552-017

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Marco Borghetti

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Received: Dec 28, 2023
Accepted: Feb 13, 2024

First online: Mar 21, 2024
Publication Date: Apr 30, 2024
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