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Scotland’s forest and land have a key role to play in helping to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

We’re responding to the climate emergency by proactively building resilient forests and open land habitats that are future proofed against wildfire, more frequent storms and flooding; and new or damaging pests and disease.

Man planting a tree sapling on heathery ground

This involves adapting the species structure and composition of the woodlands so they continue to flourish, and implementing Natural Flood Management measures in high risk water catchments.

We are also playing our part in cutting emissions and capturing carbon by balancing timber production and replanting programmes, improving the condition of peatlands and other degraded soils, and working with the wind and hydro sectors to realise the renewable energy potential of the national forests and land.

Wind turbine above trees at Whitelee Windfarm
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