Trees and timber have a vital role to play in overcoming climate change and helping people adapt to a brave new world, delegates at a Forestry Commission Wales conference heard.

Forests and Climate Change – A Convenient Truth, held in Cardiff on June 18, featured a host of scientists and forestry experts who highlighted and discussed the way wood can help the environment both in Wales and the rest of the world.

This included forest management, wood’s role as a fuel and the type and amount of forested land needed as climate change becomes more prevalent.

“Even though Wales is small and forests cover just 14% of the land surface of Wales, we still have the ability to make a difference,” said rural affairs minister Elin Jones.

“I’m very keen that we take some of these inherently complex issues and turn them into an easily understandable set of actions that will broadly mean that we’re doing the right things with the trees and forests of Wales.”

The conference also featured the premier of Forests and Climate Change – A Convenient Truth, a bilingual DVD outlining the role of forestry in tackling climate change.