25 January 2012

FAO/UNEP Asia-Pacific Forest Meeting Identifies Climate Change Adaptation Strategies

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and RECOFTC - The Centre for People and Forests have released a policy brief resulting from a meeting on forests and climate change adaptation in Asia, held in October 2011

International Institute for Sustainable Development | 18 January 2012

The brief stresses that forest adaptation activities that assist migration should be eligible for carbon financing, and that the adaptive capacity of forest-dependent people can be improved by the allocation of forestland use rights, local-level capacity building and improving forest-based products' access to markets. It also underscores that national adaptation strategies should address adaptation within a broader framework of sustainable forest management (SFM) activities.

The brief highlights the impacts that climate change will have on the forest ecosystems of Asia. It also outlines key components of a forest-based climate change adaptation strategy for the region, which includes use of forest services and improved access for local communities, implementing SFM, and inter-sectoral planning. [Publication:Forests and Climate Change Adaptation in Asia]

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