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Climate change and forest resilience

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D. Macqueen
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In this briefing, the authors consider the impact climate change has on forest-based livelihoods. They argue that a better understanding of forests’ resilience in the face of climate change is important on three counts:mitigation: recognising the ability of forests to absorb greenhouse gassesrisk reduction: realising that forests can reduce risks from climate change for the most vulnerable (providing access to renewable forest products and services)adaptation: understanding the potential role forests can play in providing diverse and more resilient livelihoods in response to increasingly erratic weatherThe report also calls for support and development of institutional awareness and capacity to deal with specific challenges to forest-based livelihoods due to climate change and asks that policy makers recognise the importance of developing social and forest resilience to climate change.