Monday, September 03, 2012
PUBLICATION: Linking Adaptation and Mitigation through Community Forestry: Case Studies from Asia
A new publication from RECOFTC.
These case studies are based on local experiences in Cambodia, Indonesia, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam in an attempt to explore how community forestry may contribute to adaptation and mitigation goals. They are exploratory and descriptive in nature and although not purporting to be representative of the region, they provide a foundation for a better understanding of these relationships.
Specifically, the objectives are:
- To better understand the potential role of community forestry to contribute to both climate change adaptation and mitigation goals.
- To illustrate not only the positive contributions of community forestry to these goals, but also where and under what conditions trade-offs between adaptation and mitigation, and other objectives may occur.
As community forestry is an increasingly recognized approach in all of the countries studied, it is a valuable entry point for understanding how adaptation and mitigation may be jointly addressed. It is recognized for its role in sustainable forest management, biodiversity conservation, and increasingly as a key approach for mitigation initiatives such as REDD+ (UN-REDD, 2011).
Much of the information is based on discussions with communities and so reflects their perceptions, for example, of changes that they are experiencing in their environment and the resulting impacts on their livelihoods.