Climate change and climate variability are threatening the functioning of forest ecosystems and their services. This in turn negatively affects the production and utilization of wood and non-wood forest products. According to FAO, forests directly contribute to the livelihoods of more than 1.6 billion people and the State of the World’s Forests (2018) estimates that around 40 percent of the extreme rural poor live in forest and savannah areas. Further to this, more than 75% of the world’s accessible freshwater for agriculture, domestic, urban, industrial and environmental use comes from forests.
Forests help to deliver clean and reliable water supplies and protect against landslides, erosion and land degradation. They provide employment, offering a range of livelihood and income generation opportunities through the supply of products for household use or sale. Forests also enhance the habitat of aquatic and terrestrial species providing a home for more than 80 percent of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity. Sustainably managing forests can reduce carbon emissions while at the same time increasing their carbon sink potential.
Forest managers will need to “hedge their bets” by managing forests for a wide range of climate scenarios. Adopting “no regrets” options that are consistent with good practices of having both adaptation and mitigation benefits are necessary. Ecosystem-based adaptation offers an opportunity to conserve, restore and sustainably manage forest ecosystems, and to provide both adaptation and mitigation benefits.
This webinar seeks to identify ecosystem-based approaches, tools and methods to promote the implementation of EbA in managing forests and degraded lands while improving livelihoods; share lessons learned including good practices generated from the past and ongoing experiences; and identify opportunities and challenges for scaling up EbA.
To join the webinar on 23rd October, please connect to http://fao.adobeconnect.com/ebaforests/