Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting nature.com. You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

  • News & Views
  • Published:

Conservation planning

Futureproofing Europe’s forests

An analysis of nearly a quarter of a million forest plots finds that up to half of European forest biodiversity may be lost owing to climate change over the course of this century and provides tools to promote climate-resilient forests deep into the future.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Access options

Buy this article

Prices may be subject to local taxes which are calculated during checkout

Fig. 1: Afforestation in the Taunus mountains of Germany.

Klaus Ohlenschlaeger/Alamy Stock Photo

References

  1. Joint Research Centre. Wildfires in the EU: 2022 was the second-worst year, a warning from a changing climate. Joint Research Centre, https://joint-research-centre.ec.europa.eu/jrc-news-and-updates/wildfires-eu-2022-was-second-worst-year-warning-changing-climate-2023-11-22_en (22 November 2023).

  2. Wessely, J. et al. Nat. Ecol. Evol. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-024-02406-8 (2024).

    Article  PubMed  Google Scholar 

  3. Trisos, C. H., Merow, C. & Pigot, A. L. Nature 580, 496–501 (2020).

    Article  CAS  PubMed  Google Scholar 

  4. Leclère, D. et al. Nature 585, 551–556 (2020).

    Article  PubMed  Google Scholar 

  5. Jung, M. et al. Nat. Ecol. Evol. 5, 1499–1509 (2021).

    Article  PubMed  Google Scholar 

  6. Chauvier-Mendes, Y. et al. Nat. Ecol. Evol. 8, 454–466 (2024).

    Article  PubMed  PubMed Central  Google Scholar 

  7. Ruiz‐Benito, P. et al. Glob. Ecol. Biogeogr. 26, 128–141 (2017).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  8. Bellot, S. et al. Nat. Ecol. Evol. 6, 1710–1722 (2022).

    Article  CAS  PubMed  Google Scholar 

  9. Pironon, S. et al. Science 383, 293–297 (2024).

    Article  CAS  PubMed  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations

Authors

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Ian R. McFadden.

Ethics declarations

Competing interests

The author declares no competing interests.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and permissions

About this article

Check for updates. Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

McFadden, I.R. Futureproofing Europe’s forests. Nat Ecol Evol 8, 1064–1065 (2024). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-024-02408-6

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-024-02408-6

Search

Quick links

Nature Briefing Anthropocene

Sign up for the Nature Briefing: Anthropocene newsletter — what matters in anthropocene research, free to your inbox weekly.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing: Anthropocene