Bernard Mercer

Bernard is an independent adviser to funders, NGOs and other organisations on environment issues, principally forests and other terrestrial ecosystems and their role within the climate challenge.

Bernard has a long-standing orientation toward biodiversity, ecology, and conservation, stretching back to 1981 and his early career in wildlife publishing. From there he went on to setup NHBS, , for which he is now the chairman and principal.

Bernard's project publications

Recognising the importance of unmanaged forests to mitigate climate change

The carbon stock in Europe's forests is decreasing and the importance of protecting ‘unmanaged’ forests must be recognised in reversing this process. Scientific evidence suggests that ‘unmanaged’ forests have higher total biomass carbon stock than secondary forests being actively managed for commodity production or recently abandoned.