More than two years on from the mid-July 2021 Western European floods, researchers are still unpacking different aspects of the deadly event to mitigate such occurrences in the future. A recent paper published in Frontiers from experts at the University of Bonn and the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) looks at the role of forests in flood disasters in particular, contributing to the knowledge base of the UNU Climate Resilience Initiative. While healthy forest ecosystems are known to provide ecosystem services that help reduce flood risks, various aspects of forest health, such as deadwood, can also contribute to flooding. The paper explores the synergetic relationship between forests and flooding and at which points trade-offs might occur.
Read the full paper here.