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FAO Outlines Approach for Integrating Climate Change in Forest Programmes
14.11.2011

by: Ulla Vänttinen

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the National Forest Programme (NFP) Facility have released a publication titled, "Climate Change for Policy-Makers: An approach for integrating climate change in forest programmes in support of sustainable forest management." The publication seeks to provide a practical approach to the process of integrating climate change into national forest programmes. The aim is to assist senior officials in government administrations and the representatives of other stakeholders, including civil society organizations and the private sector, prepare the forest sector for the challenges and opportunities posed by climate change.

The crucial role of forests in climate change mitigation and adaptation is now widely recognized at international level. Climate change will have major implications on the sustainable management of forests. In many countries, forest policies and climate related policies are the competencies of different sections of government and involve different groups of stakeholders and experts. The exchange of information across administrative or sectoral boundaries on issues surrounding forestry and climate change is often limited. As a consequence, in many countries climate change issues have not been fully addressed in national forest policies, forestry mitigation and adaptation needs at national level have not been thoroughly considered in national climate change strategies, and cross-sectoral dimensions of climate change impacts have not been fully appreciated.

FAO and the NFP Facility stand ready to support countries in the application of the approach and warmly welcome ideas and suggestions for use and improvement of the approach. A web portal has been created listing basic information, case studies and useful tools related to climate change for forest policy makers - section 4 in the publication. More information:
http://www.fao.org/forestry/climatechange/72328/en/

The whole publication can be downloaded in English, Spanish or French at:
http://www.fao.org/forestry/climatechange/64862/en/

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