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Forest and climate change in the Caribbean

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This document is part of the publication series of FAO’s Forest and Climate Change Programme. The programme works to strengthen countries’ capacities to mitigate and adapt to climate change through actions consistent with sustainable forest mana gement and to promote regional cooperation and international policy development related to forests and climate change.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ (FAO) Global Resources Forest Assessment 2010 estimated the area of forest in the Caribbean region to be 7 million hectares, representing 30 percent of the total land area.

Key recommendations for development of a project on forests and climate change in the six Caribbean countries are:

Core forest management needs to be strengthened to address existing threats as well as anticipated additional threats from climate change.
More information, based on both scientific and local/traditional knowledge, is needed to fully understand the impacts of climate change on forests and forest-based livelihoods to guide management.
Forest management institutions need to be built and/or strengthened to be able to effectively respond to climate change. Specific action is need ed to link legal and policy frameworks of forest management to climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Forest management plans need to be developed, and these need to address climate change

Formal mechanisms need to be established for intersectoral coordination to ensure success in addressing climate change within forestry.

Analysis of mitigation potentials and adaptation options and the costs and benefits of carrying out REDD+ and adaptation actions need to be conducted to inform forest management planning